I spy, healthy eyes! In support of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology provides information to the public that can help protect and preserve a child’s eye health for life. While most children do have healthy eyes, nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems (American Academy of Ophthamology). Children are also susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness. Of children ages 3 to 5, close to 5% have a problem that, if left untreated, could result in permanent vision loss. Schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to discuss necessary steps for your child’s eye health!

An ophthalmologist is responsible for complete eye care, including eye exams, diagnoses, prescriptions, and treatment of eye diseases, and eye surgery. One’s vision can impact a variety of things, including academic success, development, and general well-being. The sooner vision problems are detected, the sooner your child may have greater success in their lives.

While you are preparing for back to school, make it a point to visit your pediatrician and give your child the opportunity to truly “see” the beauty the world has to offer!

Prepare Your Child’s Eyes for School

  • Get regular childhood vision screenings – Children’s eyes change rapidly, making regular vision screenings an important step in detecting and correcting eye problems early.
  • Know and share your family eye health history – Everyone should find out whether eye conditions or diseases run in their family.
  • Watch for signals of eye problems – Parents should be alert to symptoms that could indicate an eye or vision problem, such as complaints of eyestrain, headaches and squinting when reading or performing other common activities.
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports – If your child plays racket sports, hockey, field hockey, baseball or basketball, consider having them wear goggles or other certified protective eyewear.

Sources: American Academy of Ophthalmology, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, WebMD, LifeWork Strategies, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource