Tag: childrens eye health

Prepare Your Kids for School with a Full Optometric Test

One-quarter of school-age children suffer from a vision problem, but without a comprehensive eye exam, these issues can be misdiagnosed as a learning disorder. Before your kids go back to school this year, take them for a full optometric examination to cover all of the following tests, named by the American Optometric Society and All…

Key Vision Problems to Identify in Infants & Younger Children

There are several eye conditions that can affect kids from a young age, and early diagnosis is essential to start treatment as soon as possible and reduce the risk of developing a serious condition that may permanently affect vision. The following are the most common vision problems affecting infants and young children, named by Davis…

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Children’s Vision & Learning Month

In 1995, president Bill Clinton named August “National Children’s Vision and Learning Month” to draw attention to the link between vision and learning. This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary by spreading the word to yet more parents and educators that vision problems, left undiagnosed, can lead to significant learning problems that could easily be…

Delicious, Healthy Eye Snacks for the Lunchbox

You can take steps to promote your kids’ eye health every day by making a few simple changes to your children’s diet. Simply eating foods high in lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3s, and zinc can protect the eyes from vision-threatening diseases. These minerals are present in all sorts of fruits and grains and can…

Identifying Learning-Related Vision Problems in School-Aged Kids

If your child’s performance at school is suffering, there is a good chance that it is down to a vision problem rather than a learning disability. Around 80 percent of learning that takes place at school requires good eyesight, says All About Vision, meaning that vision has a huge impact on academics, not to mention…

Fun Home Activities Kids Can Engage In with Parents

Even though your kids are going back to school, you can still enjoy the rest of the summer by engaging in fun outdoor activities together. Make time in the evenings and weekends to interact with your kids and teach them to love the outdoors. This will help them stay fit and healthy, develop social skills,…

Damaging Effects on Eyes for Young Kids & Tweens

[caption id="attachment_9140" align="alignright" width="300"] Keep these tips in mind for when your kids and tweens are playing on tablets. Source: Shutterstock[/caption] When tablets were first introduced, many parent’s felt that their dreams had come true. Here was something that kept kids entertained but, unlike TV, was available with games and educational apps that stimulated the…

The Essential Beach Checklist for Babies & Kids

As a parent, you will be familiar with that sinking sensation that you have forgotten something when you are about to leave for a trip. Making a checklist in advance is a great solution, and with so many safety issues to consider at the beach, from crashing waves to burning sun, it is extra important.…

Help Kids Combat AMD Later with Nutrients & Sunglasses Now

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious condition that currently affects 10 million people in the United States alone. The disease attacks the macula of the eye, the point where precise vision forms, and, although this rarely leads to complete blindness, can cause significant central vision loss. The best way to prevent AMD is to…

Healthy, Delicious Foods to Cook on the Grill that Support Eye Health

An outdoor grill with family and friends is one of the joys of summer. This year, instead of preparing old classics, cook up some dishes that promote good eye health. Here are a few of our favorites. [caption id="attachment_9095" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] Grilled Foods Great for Eyes Grilled Orange Peppers Of all the peppers,…

Kids & Eye Injuries: First Aid for Debris in the Eyes

[caption id="attachment_9040" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: ©iStock.com/sheldunov[/caption] An injury to the eye can be a medical emergency. It is important for parents to know exactly how to respond to avoid exacerbating the injury and causing permanent damage to the eye. Here are a few basic first aid tips for dealing with debris in the eye from…

Incorporate Omega-3 Fatty Acids Into the Family Diet

As May is Healthy Vision Month, we thought it would be the ideal opportunity to share with you some tips to maintain good vision for your whole life. One simple way you can start is to make a few changes to your diet and incorporating more eye health-preserving omega-3 fatty acids into your meals. Omega-3 Fatty…

Protecting Kids Eyes from Sunburn this Summer

Just as your skin can suffer from sunburn, UV light can burn your eyes in a condition called photokeratitis. Most often, photokeratitis is caused by sunlight, but you are also at risk from UV rays reflecting off smooth surfaces, such as sand, water, snow, and ice, as well as from tanning lamps and beds. [caption…

Real Kids Shades Receive Seal of Approval for Eye Protection

When you are looking for sunglasses for your kids, you need to know that shades will keep young eyes safe. Many brands claim to offer high levels of protection, but few have the evidence to back up these assertions. We are proud to announce that Real Kids glasses have received thumbs up from some of…

Understanding Amblyopia or Lazy Eye in Kids

[caption id="attachment_8946" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: ©iStock.com/zilli[/caption] You have probably heard of amblyopia by the name of lazy eye. This condition begins in infancy or early childhood and affects around 2 to 3 percent of the population, according to All About Vision. Usually present in just one eye but sometimes affecting both, amblyopia means that your…

Knowing Family History to Prevent Eye Issues in Kids

[caption id="attachment_8928" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] Many eye diseases are difficult to detect in their early stages, as they present no visible symptoms. However, early diagnosis can mean more effective treatment, which can even be the difference between saving or losing your vision. How Are Family History and Eye Health Related? Some serious eye conditions…

3 Tips to Relieve Digital Eye Strain with Kids

[caption id="attachment_8915" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: © istock.com/lagransabana[/caption] School, homework, and leisure activities sometimes mean spending extended time in front of screens is unavoidable for kids. Unfortunately, this can lead to an unpleasant condition known as digital eye strain, which has symptoms ranging from fatigue and a difficulty concentrating to red and twitching eyes. These tips…

Top Eye Skills Needed for School Success

[caption id="attachment_8833" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] Without good vision, it can be very difficult for kids to do well at school. Around 80 percent of learning is visual, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA), including reading, writing, using a computer, and looking at the chalkboard, and the reliance on vision only grows as a…

What Happens During a Baby’s First Eye Exam?

[caption id="attachment_8831" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Flickr[/caption] If you are a first time parent, you may feel a bit confused when you hear that babies need their first eye exam at 6 months. As you know from your own experience, you need to be able to speak to tell your optometrist what you are able to…

Colorful, Healthy Spring Foods Excellent for Eyes

[caption id="attachment_8829" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] A wide range of colors in your meals does much more than make your plate look attractive; it also means you are consuming several natural pigments, some of which have significant benefits for eye health. With spring bringing numerous new fruits and vegetables into season, try to include some…