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Child receiving an eye exam.

My seven year old son has worn glasses for the last few years. Initially, it was a big battle to get him to keep them on; there were tears and fights and meltdowns. But now it’s just a part of his routine. In fact, he wants to wear them–they help him see movies better, learn smart-board lessons faster, and enjoy all the day-to-day sights and surroundings.

Going to the optometrist and ophthalmologist is a regular part of his routine. But eye safety and health is important for all kids–even those who don’t have a vision impairment.

Maintaining healthy vision requires basic eye safety practices. Eye injuries, often attributable to play and sports-related accidents, are the leading cause of vision loss in children. To help prevent vision impairment, basic rules of safety should be followed.

  • Wear protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities, using chemicals or tools for school projects, or engaging in other physical activities.
  • Purchase age-appropriate toys and avoiding toys with sharp or protruding components.
  • Eat right – Encourage your child to eat a well-balanced diet loaded with different types of fruits and veggies, as well as fish.
  • Speak up – Ask your child if they’ve noticed any vision changes. Are they experiencing blurry vision, the need to squint, or any eye discomfort?
  • Wear your glasses – Help your child understand the importance of wearing their eyeglasses. If they are resistant, because they believe glasses are unattractive, try pointing out sports figures and other respected people who wear glasses.
  • Rest Your Eyes – Encourage your child to take a break from staring at “the screen,” which will tire their eyes.

Help your children have a successful school year by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam and taking steps to make sure their eyes are free from injury.

Want more eye-health tips? Check out our top advice for wearing contact lenses. And while you’re at it, make sure you’re up to date on all your health needs.

Tips courtesy of Dr. Andrea Zimmerman, a low vision specialist at Lighthouse Guild.