August is children’s eye health and safety month, and it is also that time of year where summer is almost over and it is time to go back to school. Did you know that 1 in 4 children have a vision problem? While you are doing all your back-to-school shopping for new utensils, books, and clothes, you should also make sure to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor in Arlington.
There is a large dependency upon visuals of a child in the classroom, more specifically, 80% of information is presented visually. Ensuring that your child’s vision is healthy and clear is especially important before school starts to make sure that they won’t have any problems looking at the whiteboard or doing their homework. A child’s vision quality cannot only affect them academically but also in their athletics as well as their self-esteem. In fact, many children are diagnosed with learning disabilities when a large contributing factor is that child’s vision.
When should you start having your child’s eyes checked?
It is recommended that from the age of three you should have your child’s eyes examined. From there on out you should have your child’s eyes examined once a year.
Are there symptoms of vision problems in children?
Yes, some children will experience symptoms if they are having trouble with their eyes and vision. However, many children will not voice whether they are having these symptoms, and some may not even notice them. It is for this reason that it is so important to make sure you have a doctor check out their eyes, as children are often unaware of any problems. Common symptoms include:
- Complaining of headaches
- Rubbing eyes often or when trying to focus
- Tilting or turning of the head to look at objects
- Shutting and squeezing of the eyes
- Wandering of the eyes
- Disinterest in reading or looking at objects far away
What are the common conditions that cause said symptoms in children?
There are several common conditions among children that they need to be checked for. If these conditions are caught and treated in the early stages, vision can be restored and they will have fewer problems later in life. The common conditions your child’s doctor will want to check for are:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Color blindness
What about eye safety?
Eye safety is another important thing to remember this month. Injuries to children’s eyes occur every year from sports and recreation and more. Your child should wear protective eyewear when they are playing sports or participating in recreational activities. Also, be sure to only purchase age-appropriate toys for your child as certain ones may have sharp points, etc., that could harm your child.
Make it a priority this month to have your child’s vision checked out by an optometrist in Arlington. Take some time to educate your child about the safety and health of their vision. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at First Eye Care North Arlington.