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Eye Protection for Kids: Help Ensure Healthy Eyes with These Tip

Beyond the Eye Exam: Some Tips on How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes
Of all the things you do to protect your children, guarding their eyes is one of the most important. In addition to taking them for an annual eye exam starting around age three, there are other measures you should take to protect your child’s eyes and ensure they’re healthy for years to come.

Protecting eyes from the sun
Unlike adults, kids’ eyes aren’t fully developed and therefore don’t have the same ability to combat UV radiation. That’s why it’s crucial to arm kids with eye protection before they head outside to play. Invest in sunglasses for your child, and if they’re not prescription sunglasses, make sure you read the labels carefully. You should choose a pair that block out both UVA and UVB radiation. Wearing a brimmed hat will also help shield your child’s eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. 

Protecting eyes during TV, computer and video game use
As any parent knows, kids can easily spend hours in front of the TV or computer. Whether they’re watching their favorite shows or playing video games, electronic media can be all-consuming for kids and in turn, cause extreme eyestrain. Insist on frequent breaks away from the TV or computer so their eyes can rest re-moisturize. It’s also important to keep the room well lit and make sure your child is sitting at reasonable distance from the screen. All of this will help reduce eyestrain which can lead to headaches and eye fatigue. 

Protecting eyes while reading
Reading for extended periods of time can also lead to eyestrain. Ensure your child is reading in a well-lit room and discourage them from lying down while reading. Sitting up with the book propped up on the child’s lap or on a table at a slight distance will help reduce strain on the eyes. If your child is farsighted, make sure they always wear their eyeglasses while reading. 

Remember the little things
In addition to taking these steps toward eye protection, remember to schedule an eye exam every year, and ask your child’s teacher if he or she has noticed your child squinting or struggling to see the chalkboard. If your child wears glasses, make sure they’re always being worn and check that the eyeglass frames fit properly and are comfortable. Taking all these measures will set your child up for a lifetime of healthy eyes and proper eyesight. 

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16 comments:

bill elliott said...

I agree that more needs to be done in protection our child's eye site, with out it, they will only miss out all the wonderful this visually as they become adults

Sensimel Lemisnes said...

I agree as well that more needs to be done to help our children so there eye site is protected

Mike Davis said...

Yes, people do not protect there eyes for their self or there children--My wife works for an eye doctor, and I would tease her so much about this subject, but it the truth.

Becca S said...

Very good ideas! I am guilty of letting them read in bed while lying down. I'll have to look into getting them a great pillow for sitting up to read.

keisarogers said...

Thanks so much for all the ideas.

Jessica B. said...

Thanks for the tips. I wish my son would keep his sunglasses on.

graciegirl said...

Thanks for all the great tips....my daughter just started wearing bi-focals at the young age of 3 and I'm so thankful that an SPF is offered on her prescription.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

These are some really good tips. I know I need to better at some of them!

eric said...

Thanks for the tips. I wish my son would keep his sunglasses on too! -krystal rivera

Christy Maurer said...

My son would NEVER wear his sunglasses when he was little. He's 14 now and still won't. My daughter loved hers, but then again hers were barbie :) These are great tips. I know my son still gets headaches if he does up close work for too long. His eye exams have always been ok, but I guess it just strains them if it's a long time.

Jose Gueits said...

GREAT TIPS THANK YOU

Jenn Kitty said...

Eye protection is so important, and it's something so many parents and caregivers don't really give much thought to. Regular vision examinations, protective eyegear during sports, sunglasses when being outdoors, etc. - all are very important!

Karen Glatt said...

I agree with all of these tips on eye protection for your child. It is so important to keep their eyes protected from the sun's damaging rays!

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Nan said...

Being a mother of grown children and now a Grandma (most wonderful thing in the world) I am glad to see that there is now education for the eyes. I do not remember being told to put my children in sunglasses, etc. Thank you for sharing this.

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Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

Very helpful tips thanks for posting these. You can never be too careful when it comes to your eyes.

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