Tag: children’s vision

Are My Kids Ready for Contacts?

[caption id="attachment_8817" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Wikimedia[/caption] Not all kids are not ready for contact lenses at a particular age; it depends entirely on their maturity and ability to handle an extra personal care task. You may have a child who is responsible enough to cope with contacts but a tween who is not. This advice…

Best Vitamins to Support Healthy Eyes

[caption id="attachment_8286" align="alignright" width="300"] Strawberries contain vitamins to support healthy eyes. Source: Morguefile[/caption] Carrots are considered one of the best vegetables for promoting healthy eyes, and chances are good that you include them in your children's regular diet. What you may not be aware of is that there are several vitamins and nutrients that contribute to eye…

5 Ways to Prevent Vision Problems in Children

Kids are using more technology on a daily basis than ever before, and although this may be beneficial for learning new things, staring at a screen for hours on end can have adverse effects on eye health. Following this list of precautions from She Knows, you can help prevent vision problems and improve your children’s eye health. [caption…

Important Vision Skills for School Success

Around 80 percent of the information a child learns is processed through sight. As a result, your eyes need to be capable of doing much more than simply viewing and processing your surroundings. [caption id="attachment_8151" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Source: supakitmod via FreeDigitalPhotos.net[/caption] As children grow, they need to interpret and react to visual stimuli by moving and focusing…

Recess May Reduce Nearsightedness

Although myopia (or nearsightedness) is normally inherited, cases have increased by more than 65 percent in the U.S. since 1970, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Although myopia in children is correctable, it can become more severe in adulthood, increasing the risk of diseases such as glaucoma and retinal detachment. Fortunately, several studies suggest…

How to Prevent Eye Strain This School Year

A fourth of children in school require glasses or contact lenses to correct vision problems that often go undetected, reports the American Optometric Association (AOA). Since many eye health problems are left untreated, issues like eye strain can become increasingly worse overtime.  [caption id="attachment_7967" align="alignright" width="290"] Source: Stuart Miles via FreeDigitalPhotos.net[/caption] Cause of Eye Strain in Children…

Prepare Your Child for National Eye Exam Month in August

In the U.S. alone, around 12.2 million people lack the vision correction they need. According to the Vision Council of America, this is due in part to the fact that almost half of parents with children under the age of 12 have never taken their kids to see an eye care professional. As a result, August has…

Back-to-School Vision Health Checklist

Preparing children for school goes beyond purchasing new supplies and updating their wardrobes — parents should also make sure that their kids’ eyes are healthy. Oftentimes, children are mislabeled as having a learning or behavioral disability when in actuality, they're suffering from a vision or eye health problem. It's essential to make sure your kids can see well so…

Understanding Heterochromia in Children

Although uncommon, it's possible for a person to have two different colored eyes. This condition is known as heterochromia, which may appear in two forms. In heterochromia iridis, various colors appear within the iris of a single eye, whereas in heterochromia iridum, a person has eyes that are different colors from one another, explains Scientific American.…

UV Radiation and Your Child’s Eyes

No matter your age, it's important to protect yourself from UV rays while outside by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses. The long-term effects of even a small amount of UV radiation has been found to increase serious eye diseases, such as cataracts, cancer and growths on the eye like pterygium, explains Eye Smart. In the short…

Preventing Digital Eye Strain in Kids

Now that more kids have access to computers, TVs, smartphones, and tablets on a daily basis, digital screen time among children is increasing. Too much screen time can lead to eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome (CVS), which has a range of unpleasant symptoms including headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, dry or irritated eyes,…

Kids and Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is a beautiful season. Unfortunately for some kids, spring means eye allergies. If your child has eye allergies you feel almost as bad as he does. Here are some tips to make the spring a bit more tolerable:   If you think your child has allergies don’t try to figure it out for yourself…

Debunking Common Eye Care Myths

Myths regarding our health and wellness have been around, well, forever. Unfortunately, far too many people don’t take the time to do some fact checking to see whether or not certain claims are true or not. This can be particularly dangerous, especially when a certain claim involves our eyes.   Your eyes, as well as…

Common Childhood Eye and Vision Issues

As a parent, you're all too familiar with some of the most common childhood illnesses, such as strep throat and stomach bugs, but when it comes to eye health, it's not always easy to determine what could be wrong. For this reason, we've put together a list of some of the most common conditions and…

What Parents Should Know About Kids and Low Vision

Your children's eye health is fundamental to the way they experience and interact with the world. Because humans are such adaptable creatures, it's not unusual for significant vision problems to go unnoticed until children enter school. It's important to know that these issues can impact the learning process. According to the AAPOS, low vision is…

My Child Scratched His Eye…What Should I Do?

A scratched eye, known as a corneal abrasion, is an injury commonly experienced by children. Often times, the cause of a scratched eye is simply accidental, ranging from babies exploring their face with their hands, a foreign object entering the eye, another small child accidentally poking the eye, or playing sports. The injury may be…

State Winners for the 2013 Most Beautiful Eyes Contest Announced

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has revealed the state winners for its 2013 Most Beautiful Eyes Contest. The Most Beautiful Eyes Contest is an annual competition designed to emphasize the importance of eye health for children. It was tough for voters to choose their favorite pair of beautiful eyes with so many great entries of gorgeous eyes,…

September is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month

[caption id="attachment_6029" align="alignright" width="320"] Source: tungphoto via Freedigitalphotos.net[/caption] During the calendar year of 2012, more than 13,000 eye injuries were suffered by children aged 0 to 14, according to data collected by Prevent Blindness America (PBA). These injuries include infections, fractures of the eye socket, corneal abrasions, and more. And unfortunately, extremely traumatic eye injuries…

Tips for Understanding & Calming Kids’ Back to School Jitters

Many kids feel a sense of excitement about returning to school and seeing friends they have missed all summer, but it is natural to them to feel a little anxious about the start of a new school year, too. This is especially true for little ones starting kindergarten or children entering school they've never attended…

How to Cope with Children’s Eye Allergies

Children's eye allergies can strike at any time, with or without nasal or skin allergies. Whether our kids react with itchy eyes, burning, swelling or other symptoms, it is not fun watching them become so uncomfortable.   [caption id="attachment_5867" align="alignright" width="266"] Itchy eyes are a common symptoms of eye allergies. Source: David Castillo Dominici via…