Now that school is back in session here in Austin, you’ll want to make maintaining your child’s vision a priority by learning ways to improve their eye health during the school year and scheduling them for a comprehensive eye exam with our award-winning eye doctor, Dr. Joseph Meyer. As one study shows, taking steps to manage and enhance your child’s vision skills such as visual acuity, accommodation, and visual perception can address early reading-related vision issues before they get worse as your child ages. Here are a few actions you can take to protect your child’s vision during the school year:
Wear Protective Eye Wear During Sports
Even if your child does not actively participate in after school sports, they most likely participate in physical activities during gym class. While sports and games are a lot of fun, and a great way for kids to get exercise, they can also expose your child to the risk of injury, including eye injuries as a result of flailing hands and fingers, flying sporting equipment such as softballs or wall balls, or those incurred during woodshop or art class. To combat activity-related eye injuries, educate your children about the importance of wearing protective eyewear when engaged in these activities. Protective goggles provide affordable protection for all kinds of sports, including swimming, which can protect your child’s eyes from chlorine and germs during swim class.
After a long day of working on a computer, reading books, writing down math problems, and notetaking, your child is probably quite tired, mentally; yet their eyes and supportive ocular muscles could benefit from some rest, too. By encouraging rest, parents can help support healthy eye function and improved focus and concentration. Along with rest, parents should limit the time their child spends in front of electronic devices such as computers, tablets, cell phones, and TV screens. Additionally, teach your children to keep a safe distance from electronic screens to help prevent eye strain, blurred vision, and future eye issues down the road.