Check out those peepers!
Most children have healthy eyes, but there are conditions that can threaten good vision. Because you can't always “see” eye health problems, set up some time today for an eye exam.
Have your child's eyes examined during regular pediatric appointments.
Vision testing should start around age three.
Here are a few signs to look out for that could mean you child has vision problems.
- Wandering or crossed eyes
- A family history of childhood vision problems
- Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects
- Squinting or turning head in an unusual manner while watching TV
More than 12 million children suffer from vision impairment, and eye injuries are one of the leading causes of vision loss in children. There are an estimated 42,000 sports-related eye injuries each year and the majority of them happen to children.
Use this month to discuss the importance of eye safety with your children.
- Wear protective eye wear while participating in sports or recreational activities
- Play with are age-appropriate toys
- Avoid toys with sharp or protruding parts
To find more information about children's eye health and safety visit: www.preventblindness.org.