It seems like summer just started and then you find yourself in the middle of August, scrambling to get your children ready for the upcoming school year. When scheduling immunizations and sports exams, don’t forget about eye exams. Good vision and overall health are essential to learning.
For healthy eyes and vision throughout the school year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following four tips –
- Get regular childhood vision screenings. Children’s eyes can change quickly, so making sure they get regular vision screenings is key in detecting and correcting eye problems early.
- Know and share your family eye health history. Do eye conditions or diseases run in your family? If you’re not sure, the Academy recommends you find out and share with the screener. Examples of common eye conditions include nearsightedness, crossed eye (known as strabismus), and lazy eye (known as amblyopia). If these are not treated in childhood, they could lead to permanent vision loss.
- Watch for signals of eye problems. If your child complains of eyestrain, headaches and squinting when reading or performing other daily activities, it could be a sign of a vision problem.
- Wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Eye injuries can happen while playing sports and can cause serious damage. Have your child wear protective goggles or other certified protective eyewear if your child plays racket sports, field hockey, baseball or basketball.
American Academy of Opthalmology, “Four Tips to Make Sure Kids’ Eyes and Vision Are ‘Grade A’ This School Year,” (accessed April 24, 2018), available at www.aao.org.