The American Academy of Ophthalmology focuses each month on advocacy topics pertaining to ocular health. This upcoming August will be the start of Children’s Eye and Safety Month. Parents should remember to make sure their children have an annual eye screening.
Why Are Eye Screenings Important?
Eye screenings can help detect astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. The screenings can also find diseases such as Amblyopia (also known as lazy eye) which is decreased vision that is caused by abnormal visual development in infancy and early childhood. Strabismus (crossed eye) is when the eyes don’t line up properly. Ptosis (drooping of the eyelid) is when the upper eyelid is lower than it should be. Lastly, color deficiency (color blindness) means some people’s perception of color is different from what most of us see.
Some possible warning signs that may indicate vision problems are:
- Tilting of the head
- Frequent Eye Rubbing
- Short Attention Span
- Sitting too close to the TV or holding a book closely
- Sensitivity to light
- eye-hand-body coordination difficulty
- Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles, and other detailed activities
- Poor School performance (even in preschool)
- Disinterest in reading or looking at distant objects
An important part of eye safety is prevention. Preventable eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in kids. By following two simple rules you can prevent your child from being one of more than 12 million kids who suffer vision impairment.
The first rule is wearing protective eyewear while participating in recreational activities or sports. The second rule is to check the recommended age limit on all toy purchases. It is advised to avoid toys such as bows and arrows, darts, and missile-firing toys.
Children’s eye health and safety should be every parent’s priority. All parents are encouraged to implement safety measures to prevent injury for their children. Go and visit your local vision specialist for more tips and suggestions to maintain positive eye health for your kids.