August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

As you make your list for Back to School items and sports physicals, don’t forget to add a comprehensive eye exam for the kids. You may not know this fact, but August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

Even if your children seem to have perfect vision, it is always a good idea to schedule a full eye examination so they can do their very best in school. About 80 percent of classroom education is taught visually, which means that clear vision is a significant component for a successful school year.
There are some common warning signs of vision trouble in children, so pay attention if you see a child:

  • Frequently rubbing eyes
  • Squinting
  • Tilting or turning the head to look at objects
  • Squeezing their eyes

The most common eye conditions that affect children’s vision are amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), color deficiency (color blindness), and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). If diagnosed early, many of these vision problems can be corrected.

Eye safety is not just important in August. Parents must be vigilant about protecting their children’s eyes all year long. Thousands of children sustain an eye injury each year, and 90 percent of those injuries could have been prevented if suitable protective eyewear was used. Follow these safety tips to protect your children’s vision:

  • Purchase toys that meet the safety standards of American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Have your children wear protective eyewear when participating in sports or recreation
  • Do not attempt to remove any debris that may get into a child’s eye
  • Tell your children not to rub their eye if it gets irritated
  • Do not apply medication to the eye
  • Seek medical attention immediately for an eye injury

Get this school year off to a winning start by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam for your children. Better yet, bring the whole family. Purchase some new safety goggles and protective eyewear for activities like sports and using household tools. Provide your children a safe environment during play, and always have adult supervision (Source: Friends for Sight).