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Four Tips to Make Sure Kids’ Eyes and Vision Are ‘Grade A’ This School Year 8/16/2017

​Four Tips to Make Sure Kids’ Eyes and Vision Are ‘Grade A’ This School Year

With back-to-school right around the corner, parents will be struggling to buy new school supplies and uniforms. While checking off the long list of pending school tasks, ophthalmologists are recommending mothers and fathers not to overlook one of the most important learning tools: your children’s eyes.

Good vision and overall healthy eyes are vital for learning. CODET Vision Institute has joined American Academy of Ophthalmology to emphasize the importance of healthy vision for academic success during the month of August which is Health and Visual Safety for Kids Month.

Since kids and their eyes are developing, checkups are very important for visual health to make sure that there is no problem. The sooner visual problems are identified, the sooner they can be dealt with and the prognosis improves.

For healthy eyes and vision for the school year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the four following tips:

1.- Get regular vision studies – Children’s eyes change quickly, making regular vision exams an important step in the early detection and correction of visual problems. Besides detection tests for babies, the Academy recommends that kids should get a new vision exam when:

  • They are within preschool age, between 3 and 3 ½
  • They are getting into school
  • Whenever they experience a possible vision problem

2.- Know and share your family visual health history – Everyone should know if there are ocular conditions or diseases that run in the family. Parents must share this information with the person who carries out the evaluation whenever possible. Examples of common visual conditions are myopia, crossed eye (known as strabismus) and lazy eye (known as amblyopia).

3.- Observe signs of problems in the eyes – Parents must be alert of symptoms that might indicate an ocular or visual problem like complaints about visual fatigue, headaches, and squinting eyes when reading or carrying out other common activities. Other symptoms to look for include a white or grayish white colored pupil.

4.- Don’t use regular glasses when playing sports, use special protective glasses – Eye injuries during sport practice can cause serious damage, either by getting hit by an elbow during basketball or getting hit by a hockey stick. If your child plays sports with rackets, hockey, field hockey, baseball, or basketball, consider using special protective glasses.

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology and CODET Vision Institute website to learn more about common conditions in children’s eyes.  

 

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