March is Save Your Vision Month
Save Your Vision Month
Vision disorders are the number one handicapping condition for children. Those with special needs (including ADHD, autism spectrum, twice-exceptional children as well as gifted learners) commonly have a host of vision problems that can directly contribute to their difficulties and uneven development. Yet, 86% of American children under the age of five have not had an eye examination by an eye doctor. Therefore it is important for all parents to read this article to see what you can do to help your child develop and maintain good vision to last a lifetime.
Help keep your child’s eyes safe and healthy
Encourage your child to consume dark green vegetables and vitamin-fortified milk. It’s not only good for strong bones, but good for healthy eyes too!
Be sure your child uses sunglasses with”100% UV protection” to keep harmful rays from the eyes. Proper sun wear is important for infants and toddlers, too. Special sunglasses are available for little ones that are safe, inexpensive, provide all the UV protection they need and wrap around their head so they don’t fall off while they are playing in the sun!
Keep harmful detergents away from your child so there is no chance of them getting in their eyes and don’t permit them to play with sharp toys or objects that a child could accidentally bump into.
For your young athletes, proper eyewear during sports is very important. Wearing safety goggles can protect their eyes from serious eye injuries. Baseball, ice hockey, racquet sports and soccer lead the list of sports that cause the most eye injuries in kids ages 5 to 12. Both the American Optometric Association’s Sport Vision Section, along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend the use of protective eye wear during sports.
Prevent eye strain by making sure that your child has a good light to read by. Natural light is best, but for nighttime reading, invest in a good reading lamp.
Monitor how much time your kid is spending on their iPads and make him follow the “20/20 rule.” When playing with computers or looking close for long periods of time, take a break for at least 20 seconds and look 20 feet away every 20 minutes. It’s not definitive that heavy computer use, texting or constant reading are contributing to the increase in nearsightedness we are seeing today, but experts certainly agree that over doing it on the computer can cause blurred vision or focusing problems.
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