While parents prepare to send their children back to school, this month serves as a reminder to focus on children’s eye health and schedule comprehensive eye exams.
It is suggested that children begin to have regular eye exams once they turn three. This way, eye doctors are able to catch any early symptoms of issues like color deficiency (color blindness) or amblyopia (lazy eye).
Here are some symptoms to be on the lookout for regarding your children’s eye health:
- Crossed eyes
- Wandering eyes
- Trouble reading far away text
- Routine head turning or squinting while watching TV
- Disinterest in reading
- Family history of eye health issues
If you observe any of these issues, make an appointment with an eye doctor in the near future as these are all warning signs for common vision problems.
Eye safety is more than just avoiding eye infections and diseases. The physical safety of our eyes is also an important aspect of maintaining good vision. Every year in the United States, over 100,000 eye injuries are estimated to be related to sports. To avoid any eye-related injuries while participating in sports, encourage your children to wear protective eye gear. Other safety measures, such as refraining from buying toys with sharp edges, can also help protect your child’s vision.
Eye Health with First Care Clinics
Good eye health can help prevent issues such as eye infections, pink eye, or styes from taking form. If you or your child come in contact with one of these issues, walk into your local First Care Clinic and we are happy to help — no appointment necessary! Our friendly, caring healthcare professionals are here to get you back to feeling better seven days a week. Visit our website to find your local clinic.