Your Child Needs Annual Eye Exams
Children are not immune to vision problems. Their brains are learning to see and sometimes developmental problems occur and their vision isn’t keeping up with the milestones they should be achieving. Over three-quarters of what is presented to a child in school is presented to them through visual means. For this reason, they need eye care just as much as adults. Give your child the tools of success when you make sure they have regular appointments to track their eye health. Some experts recommend a child receive their first eye exam as early as six months old.
Warning Signs of Vision Problems With Children
Your child may not tell you that they can’t see, but they do give signs that their vision needs correction. Teachers and parents should watch for these symptoms:
- Sitting close to the TV
- Holding a book close to their eyes
- Squinting when trying to see
- Avoiding activities in which they need up close vision, such as homework or using the computer
- Headache complaints
- Lower grades on their report card
- Lack of coordination
The good news is that many children’s eye problems are correctable.
Protect Your Child’s Eyesight
In addition to annual eye exams, your child needs to protect their eyes by using safety eye gear when playing sports. Children need to eat healthy with plenty of foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3s to protect their vision. Use sunglasses designed to fit their head to protect their eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. Discuss your concerns with your eye doctor early in order to help your kids enjoy school.
Take Your Child to an Optometrist
Comprehensive eye care is important for children. Call Opti-Care at (410) 795-8670 or use our easy online form to make plans to visit our office. Help your child have the tools to succeed.