Effective Ways To Support Children’s Eye Health And Safety

In some cases, students may simply have vision impairment but they are often misdiagnosed as having a learning disability or behavioral problems. Parents can avoid this by scheduling an eye exam for their children.

Protect your children’s eye sight with these tips, and insist they do not take their eyes for granted.

Eat Healthy

The wellness of eyes starts with the food we eat. Regularly eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help lead to good eye health. Best foods include: green, leafy vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, and spinach; oil-rich fish like tuna; protein sources like soya, milk, yogurt, chicken and turkey; any citrus fruits or juices;

Quit Smoking

Smoking plays a vital role in spoiling your loved one’s eye health. People who smoke are more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.

Wear Sunglasses

Choosing the right sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays helps in protecting their eyes from direct ultraviolet (UV) rays. When eyes are exposed to too much of UV radiation, they are prone to get cataracts and macular degeneration.

Even though there are contact lenses with UV protection, it’s still advisable to wear sunglasses for more protection.

Look Away from the Computer Screen

Looking at a computer screen continuously for many hours can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, neck, back, and shoulder pain. Protect their eyes by taking the following steps:

  • Opt for computer safe glasses or contact lenses.
  • The top of the monitor should be slightly lower than their eye level.
  • Try using an anti-glare computer screen.
  • Insist on them blinking more and prevent dry eyes.
  • Tell them to rest their eyes by looking away every 30 minutes.

It will be tough for them to follow these tips, since they may forget about their eye health when they are in front of the PC. In order to remind them about these tips when they are engaged in something else, it’s best to have reminders in their mobile phones or make them wear a bracelet with messages like “Eyes need rest” or “Step away from PC“.

Sometimes they forget to set mobile phone reminders, but since bracelets touch the wrist, they would not miss it. Since wristbands are a wonderful fashion accessory and a perfect every day wear, your kids will love wearing them all the time.

Check with Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Not only children, everyone should get their eyes examined regularly to protect their sight. Eye exams also help diagnose glaucoma, an eye disease that has no symptoms. A complete eye exam might include:

  • Briefing about your personal and family medical history
  • Diagnosing for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism
  • Assessments to analyze your sight
  • Tests to check if you have glaucoma
  • Examining your eyes before and after dilation

Eye problems affect one in four children. Parents should make sure their children’s eye problems don’t go unnoticed this year. After all, the eye is the jewel of the body and the mirror of the soul.