August: Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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The new school year is just around the corner, which means that you should make an eye examination a part of your annual back-to-school checklist. Why? Children, regardless of ability, are taught 80% visually when in a group learning environment. So, the ability to see clearly may affect a child’s self-esteem in academics and athletics alike; it may also be important for a child’s ability.

Common Signs of Vision Troubles…

A child may not know that he or she is suffering from vision loss. But there are a few symptoms to watch for: eye rubbing, squeezing the eyes, squinting at things at either a far or close distance, tilting or turning of the head to see objects, and wandering eyes. If a child’s vision loss is caught early, and diagnosed by the eye professionals at Vision Optical, impaired eyesight can be treated and soon restored. Diagnosed too late, a treatment may be as effective.

Eye Safety

Every year thousands of children sustain injuries to their eyes because of playground play, sports—both organized and not—and other activities. Unfortunately, so many of these injuries could have been prevented if proper eyewear had been worn. Proper eyewear can prevent an eye injury. Remember to take the proper precautions with children who participate in organized sports, and for those situations at which children are at play and out of your direct supervision, make sure that they know and understand the inherent dangers involved in play at school, and encourage them to take the proper precautions to protect their eyes while participating.

Remember that most types of corrective lenses and sunglasses will not be entirely protective to the eye; when a child plays sports, especially the sports that require proper eyewear be worn (baseball, softball, volleyball, hockey, etc.) then you will need eyewear that meets a certain standard of protection.

If you have any questions as to the importance of proper eyewear, or if you or your child needs a regular eye examination, then call Vision Optical today.

1 Comment

  1. Matt says:

    Awesome article.

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