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  • Aashi Dahiya
  • Apr 21, 23

Taking Care Of Your Kids’ Eyes

As a parent, you want your child to grow up healthy and happy. One area that is often overlooked in child health is their eyes. Children are exposed to many things that can harm their eyes, from digital screens to outdoor activities. Taking care of your child's eyes is important for their overall health and development.

In this blog, we will discuss some tips for taking care of your kids' eyes.


Schedule Regular Eye Exams


The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their first eye exam at six months of age, then again at three years old, and right before starting school. After that, kids should have their eyes checked once a year. Regular eye exams can detect any potential problems early, allowing for timely treatment.


Encourage Outdoor Activities


Outdoor activities can help reduce the risk of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Studies have shown that children who spend more time outdoors have a lower risk of developing myopia. Encourage your child to spend time outside, whether it's playing sports, going for a walk, or just playing in the backyard.


Limit Screen Time


Too much screen time can cause eye strain, headaches, and dry eyes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages two to five have no more than one hour of screen time per day, and children ages six and older have consistent limits on screen time. Encourage your child to take breaks from screens and engage in other activities that don't involve screens.


Provide Eye-Friendly Nutrition


A diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help protect your child's eyes. Encourage your child to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin A, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts can also help protect the eyes.


Practice Eye Safety


Protective eyewear can help prevent eye injuries during sports and other activities. Make sure your child wears appropriate eyewear such as contact lenses when playing sports or doing other activities that could cause an eye injury. Also, teach your child to avoid touching their eyes, especially if they haven't washed their hands.

 

Wearing Contact Lenses

If your child's vision is not precise, it is recommended that you consult an eye doctor and help them start their eye care journey with contact lenses. Contact lenses are a safe option for children above the age of 12 and can be effectively used to promote eye health and improve power. 


In conclusion, taking care of your kids' eyes is an important part of their overall health and development. Regular eye exams, outdoor activities, limited screen time, eye-friendly nutrition, and eye safety practices can all help protect your child's eyes. By following these tips, you can help your child maintain healthy vision throughout their life.

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