School vision screenings are not eye exams! And they should not be used to track your child’s eye health. They are usually designed to catch a few vision issues. Parents should schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year. Don’t wait until your child starts attending school to evaluate their eye health and vision; children should begin having eye exams at 6 months and 3 years old and then yearly after they turn age 5.
Essential Eye Care For Kids :: Tips Parents Should Know
1. Monitor your child’s screen time. Playing on the smartphone or iPad can affect your child’s eye health. Myopia among children 12 years old and older has experienced an increased from 25 to 42 percent, due in large measure to the use of handheld electronic devices in recent years. Encourage your child to enjoy some outdoor activities after school, and invest in glare-reducing screen covers or glasses coatings.
2. Diet! How is your family’s nutritional input? Nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, beta-carotene, and omega-3 play an important role in your child’s eye and brain health. One easy way to help incorporate this with picky children would be to blend a veggie and fruit smoothies and increasing the consumption of fish.
3. Protect their little eyes from UV light. Make sure your child wears some sort of UV protection every time they go outside. UV exposure during childhood can lead to early cataracts and macular degeneration.
4. The fit matters on their eyewear. It must be comfortable for the child in order for them to be more compliant with wearing their glasses as prescribed. Fearing that wearing glasses will make them a target for bullying. Parents have to make glasses seem cool. The main way to do that is by investing in great fitting stylish glasses. When kids like their glasses, they’ll wear them.
Our staff, here at BA Eye Site in Broken Arrow, would love to talk with you about eye care for your children. We have extensive experience and a wide range of options available for you.
Dr. Matthew Ozment
Optometrist, Broken Arrow OK