In our recent post, we looked at some of the ways to relieve seasonal eye allergy symptoms, which are the common complaint of many in the Austin-area. With fall upon us, our focus is on eye health and vision care for all those kiddos that are now back to school. As children have adjusted to the new normal of early-rising and homework, it is important to keep your child’s eye health in mind. A child’s vision is one of his or her most valuable learning tools. Maintaining optimum vision health is key to optimum learning. Studies show that vision is the key to good learning because it improves recognition, comprehension, and retention.
Get Regular Eye Exams
The eyes allow us to view the world around us, and for children, good vision and eye health plays an important role in learning, development, and can affect a child’s academic success. Most schools provide eye tests at least once or twice a year; however, because eye tests may not take place right away, a child can go weeks without having any eye problems properly addressed. Rather, parents can be proactive in their children’s vision health by scheduling an eye exam before school starts, or ideally within the first few weeks of school. Scheduling your child for an eye and vision exam with our award-winning doctor, Dr. Joseph Meyer, is the best way to detect early signs of vision issues related to nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye strain, or blurred vision, so that the issue can be addressed and corrected accordingly.
Invest in Durable Eye Glasses
Many children with an early onset of vision issues benefit significantly from wearing eye glasses. For some families, finding the means to provide the proper eyewear can sometimes put a strain on the family budget; however, there are wonderful options for efficient, cost-effective eyewear for children. Because kiddos are generally adventurous, curious, and playful beings, eyeglasses can sometimes meet an early end due to consistent damage or rough handling. Parents can prolong the life of their child’s eyewear by investing in polycarbonate lenses with scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings. Generally, these lenses may help prevent breaking and unnecessary wear, which can reduce the need for frequent replacement.
Practice Good Hygiene
One of the best defenses against eye issues is for parents to encourage their children to practice good hygiene at home and at school on a regular basis. Schools, as most of you know, are breeding grounds for a swath of germs and infections, including conjunctivitis or pink eye. Dirty hands and surfaces spread these easily transferrable infections; therefore, teaching your children to wash their hands consistently, and avoid touching their eyes and faces with dirty hands can reduce the risk of catching one of these eye infections.
These are just a few of the ways parents can help maintain and improve their children’s eye health and vision as they return to school this fall. Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series focusing on children’s back to school eye health, and be sure to tune in next time as we continue looking at more helpful eye care tips in part two. If you would like to schedule your child for a back to school eye exam with our award-winning eye doctor, Dr. Joseph Meyer, please reach out to our friendly staff here at Round Rock Eye Consultants. We look forward to helping parents in the Austin area manage the health of their children’s eyes.