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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August 4, 2011

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month.  In September most children will be going back to school and everyone should have their eyes checked before.  Many learning problems come from problems with the eyes, and at a young age children may not know how to voice their discomfort.

Even through you may not think your child is having eye problems, it is always smart to take them to the eye doctor.  When your child is born their eyes are checked and this test can pick up on a range of eye problems that can hopefully be fixed immediately.  There is a lot of information on understanding your children’s eye development from ages zero – 6 months, so you can understand why they may squint or cry because of light.  From ages zero – 2 your child’s wellness check up will include eye assessments mainly based on eye history.  From ages 3 – 10 vision exams are normally given to test acuity and ocular alignment.  Most Ophthalmologists will recommend that your child gets checked at 6 moths, 3 years and again at 5 years regardless of eye history and eye health.

During the school years a child should start having a yearly check up because eye problems can develop fast.  If a child cannot see properly they will not have the patience or attention span to sit through school.  This can develop many learning problems, as well as misdiagnosed learning problems, throughout the school years.

If you see your child doing any of the following signs you may want to take them to an eye doctor.

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading assignments or holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing his or her place when reading
  • Difficulty with reading retention

Allergies can also show up in the eyes and you can ask your eye doctor about getting eye drops to relieve the itchiness, watery, and redness.

Children’s eyes are highly sensitive so remember to always wear sunglasses and eye protection.  Regular doctors visit could prevent your child from the stress of learning problems, get a check up today!

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