Eyesight is important in any child’s life and can impact their development from an early age. Children need their eye care needs taken care of to ensure they are seeing properly and that they are not experiencing any trouble with their eyes.
Use these 5 eye care tips from your eye doctor for your child:
- Diet – Your eye doctor warns that eating habits can affect a child’s vision. Healthy eating and making sure your child gets the appropriate nutrients in their diet can help them avoid developing various eye infections and diseases. For example, include leafy vegetables, carrots, and fruits that are high in Vitamin A in your child’s daily diet.
- Eye Protection – Your eye doctor recommends having your child wear protective eye gear when they are participating in sports to protect their eyes from objects that could harm their eyes.
- Lighting – When your child is reading or studying your eye doctor recommends ensuring they have proper lighting conditions. Make sure the area your child is using has plenty of light so they are able to concentrate and see the materials clearly.
- Toys – Your eye doctor recommends not allowing your child to play with toys that have sharp ends or edges on them. These can lead to serious accidents and cause bodily harm to your child.
- TV & Computers – Limit the time your child is allowed to spend watching television and using the computer. Unnecessary screen time can lead to eye fatigue and dry eye in your child warns your eye doctor. Also ensure your child does not sit too closely to the TV and that when they are using the computer the monitor is slightly lower than the eye level.
Protect your child’s vision with these eye care tips and reduce their risk of developing serious eye diseases or infections. Children rely heavily on their eyes throughout their development and for learning making it crucial to pay attention to their eye needs!
If your child’s vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Dr. Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.