While 1 in 20 children ages 3 to 5 have a vision problem that can lead to vision loss, 80% of preschoolers don’t undergo eye exams. This Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, we encourage parents to do their part in taking care of and protecting their children’s eyesight.
Spread Information on the Importance of Healthy Vision
A lot of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month’s activities focus on family-friendly resources that help parents keep their kids’ eyes healthy.
Learn More About Early Detection of Vision Problems in Children
Another goal is to let parents know about early signs of common vision problems in children, such as amblyopia, uneven focus and strabismus. Early detection can help correct these eye conditions successfully. Regular eye exams and wearing the right eyeglasses can help address some of these vision problems.
Raise Awareness About Eye Injury Prevention in Children
Thousands of children experience sports-related eye injuries every day. However, 90% of these incidents could have been avoided with the use of protective eyewear. This eyewear is 20 times stronger than ordinary eyeglasses, meaning they can withstand a ball traveling at 90 miles per hour.
Preserve and Save Children’s Vision
Moreover, experts aim to teach parents and guardians to help their child correct their vision and recover from vision loss.
Taking Care of Your Child’s Vision
Unlike adults, kids often don’t tell you when they experience difficulty with their vision. Watch your child’s habits, and look out for common warning signs, such as frequent eye rubbing, holding a book to close to their eyes or closing one eye to see properly. Tilting the head or squinting to see the class board clearly can also indicate vision problems. Other common signs of vision problems include sensitivity to light, wandering eyes, excessive tearing without tear-causing stimuli and frequent eye rubbing when trying to concentrate. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, get in touch with an eye specialist.
Preserve your child’s vision by regularly visiting your eye doctor for an eye exam. At Guilford Eye Center, we’re here to help with your family’s eye care needs. Give us a call at (336) 292-4516, or complete our contact form to learn more about our services. We assist patients in Greensboro, NC.