With August being back to school month for children everywhere, it is important to make sure their visual health is up to par with all the other required medical tests and immunizations before school starts again. Since an estimated 80% of all classroom learning is through visual mediums, making sure your child’s eyesight is healthy, before dropping them off for their first day, directly influences their learning ability and future success.
Though there is little that can be done to thwart visual injuries caused by unfortunate accidents, there are plenty of ways to prevent other serious problems right from home. Keeping your eye on their eyes can alert you to problems with potential infections or other vision problems. If your child is frequently rubbing their eyes, squinting, tilting, or turning their head to look at things, or wandering or squeezing eyes, then it may be time to visit Alpine Eye Care to determine if there are any significant issues that should be treated immediately. The most common visual problems that occur in children are Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (crossed eyes), color deficiency (color blindness), and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism). Diagnosing these seemingly harmless issues early can restore affected vision and prevent further damage later in life by utilizing proper treatments.
Kids will be kids, and unfortunately there isn’t a perfect way to prevent injuries out on the playground. However, 90% of visual accidents involving children could have easily been prevented with proper understanding and the right equipment. Something as simple as a pair of safety goggles while playing certain sports or games can drastically reduce risk and save any number of the thousands who receive some kind of injury annually. We all want our kids to be rock stars in and out of the classroom, and making sure their eyes are taken care of is a vital part of ensuring their overall health and success.
With August being Children’s Eye Health/Safety Month, there is no excuse to not make your way to Alpine Eye Care as soon as possible and get your child’s eyes looked at before they head back to school. More than that, annual wellness check-ups and regular eye examinations are an important part of maintaining your child’s overall health throughout the rest of the year. Call Alpine Eye Care at 1.877.733.2020 or schedule an appointment today to learn more about our practice, read patient testimonials, and receive excellent care.