Childhood is an important time in development, especially the development of the eyes. Throughout childhood many eye problems develop and if left untreated can lead to reduced eyesight or serious eye problems in the child’s future. Here are some ways to protect your child’s vision:
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Ensuring you schedule regular eye exams for your child is an important step in preventing and detecting eye problems your child may be developing or experiencing. Although many children may have routine vision screening done at school or at their doctor’s office, these tests often times do not detect vision problems in children. Also eye exams can detect early health issues such as diabetes, neurological disorders, and other types of health problems.
Kids spend a lot of time outdoors and are exposed to the sun more often than adults. It is important your child wears sunglasses to prevent eye damage from UV exposure, such as sunburn to the eyes or eyelids. Too much UV exposure to one’s eyes can also lead to serious eye diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration.
Kids are involved in a variety of different sports and activities that can lead to eye injuries. Have your child wear protective glasses when they’re playing sports or involved in contact activities to prevent injuries to their eyes.
If you or your child require eye care visit Charles Breen, MD 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.