Along with school supply shopping and purchasing those back-to-school items, it's time to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for your children. Conveniently, August is designated as Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.
Your child's eye doctor can help detect refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism as well as the following conditions: amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), ptosis (drooping of the eyelid) and color deficiency. There are some specific warning signs that may indicate that your child has a vision problem. Some of these include: wandering or crossed eyes, a family history of childhood vision problems, disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects, and squinting or turning the head in an unusual manner while watching television.
Keeping your children's eyes safe is another part of maintaining healthy vision. Eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children. There are about 42,000 sports related eye injuries every year in America, and children suffer most of these injuries. Help prevent your child from being one of the more than 12 million children who suffer from vision impairment by remembering a few basic rules of safety. All children should wear protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities. Purchase age-appropriate toys for your children and avoid toys with sharp or protruding parts.
Help your children have a successful school year by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at Isthmus Eye Care and taking safety measures to ensure their eyes are free from injury.