Velocity Care offers important tips for healthy eyes
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about 80 percent of preschoolers don’t receive vision screenings and nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems.
August is eye health and safety month and a great time to get your child’s eyes examined (and your own eyes too).
How to tell if a child needs glasses
As the school year progresses, if you or your child’s teacher notices any of these five signs from your child, then it is time to get a vision test.
- Rubbing eyes frequently.
- Squeezing eyes open and shut.
- Turning or tilting head to see better.
- Wandering eyes.
These five tips are some ways of how to tell if your child needs glasses, another way is through eye conditions.
Common eye conditions
The most common eye conditions in children include amblyopia or lazy eye; color deficiency and color blindness; strabismus or crossed eyes; and refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Typically, physicians and parents will recognize the signs of lazy eyes or crossed eyes before children begin school.
Having healthy eyes is part of the back-to-school checklist. If you didn’t get your child’s vision examined before the school year started, be sure to have a test soon to ensure your child’s learning experience isn’t negatively impacted. The earlier you treat vision problems, the better. As a child ages, treatments are less effective. Lack of sleep can also impact your child's eyesight as their bodies, minds and eyes are tired and overly exerted.
For healthy eyes: Keep them clean
Always wash your hands before and after touching your eyes, and remind your children to do so. Be sure to remove makeup before bed. Clean your eyes with a warm (not hot) washcloth or a cotton ball; start near the nose and wipe towards your ear. Be sure you use a new cotton ball or different part of the washcloth with each wipe.
Keep in mind, it is important to rinse your eye – instead of rubbing it – if you sense an irritation. If you don’t have eye drops, rinse the eye using a small, clean glass with clean water. Place the rim of the glass on the bone at the base of your eye socket while rinsing. You can also flush foreign objects from your eye in the shower. Aim a gentle stream of lukewarm water on your forehead over the affected eye while holding the eyelid open.
To keep your eyes healthy, it is also important to know the signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis (pinkeye) to ensure you don’t spread the contagious illness to others.
Avoid eye accidents
It is important to wear appropriate eye protection while playing sports. Don’t allow children to use sticks as swords and remind them not to run with sharp or pointed objects.
Other tips for keeping your eyes healthy include wearing sunglasses when in the sun, avoiding looking directly at the sun and eating plenty of green, leafy vegetables.
Eye health and safety are important to your future. Ensure you maintain healthy habits to keep your vision intact as you age. Learn more about healthy eye habits today and visit a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center near you for a vision test.
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