With the new school year about to begin, it’s time to turn our focus to getting children ready for class. With August also being Child Eye Health and Safety Month, use these tips and facts to ensure your children have the tools they need to succeed:
- Common indicators of vision troubles include: frequent rubbing of the eyes; squinting; tilting or turning the head to look at objects; or wandering eyes.
- Thousands of children sustain an eye injury every year, and up to 90 percent of those can be prevented with suitable protective wear.
- If your child is age 3 or older, take them in for a full eye exam.
- Only allow your children to play with age-appropriate toys. Many toys for older children have pieces that may damage eyes.
- Use the 20-20-20 rule for children using electronic devices. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes 20 feet away. Overexposure to the blue light emanating from electronic devices can cause eye strain and discomfort and may lead to age-related macular degeneration later in life.
- Take part in regular vision screenings.
- Use batting helmets with face shields for youth baseball and softball.
- Wear proper safety goggles for racquet sports (tennis, racquetball) and basketball.
- Know that regular glasses are not enough protection for sporting activities.