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Healthy vision is crucial to a child's success and happiness. One of the best ways to help children achieve academically and athletically is by making sure they get regular, comprehensive eye exams. Celebrate Children's Eye Health and Safety Month in August by visiting your eye doctor before the school year begins!
A good rule of thumb is to have your children's eyes examined beginning around three years of age. An optometrist or ophthalmologist can help detect any refractive errors within the eyes.
Many children, especially young ones, don't have the experience to recognize when they have a vision problem. You may have to look for unusual behaviors or subtle physical symptoms that could indicate they're having difficulty seeing. Some of these warning signs include:
Your child may recognize that something is wrong with their vision, so pay attention if they bring up any difficulties seeing! They mention that objects look blurry or out of focus, their eyes may feel irritated, or that they are experiencing double vision.
These conditions are some of the most common affecting children, but there are many others that can develop even during the early months of a child's life:
Eye safety also plays a large role in your child's overall eye health. Eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children, but 90% of these injuries can easily be prevented:
You can safeguard your child's vision by purchasing age-appropriate toys, keeping your children away from sharp objects or ones with protruding parts, and by having them wear protective eyewear while participating in sports.