Did you know eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems for children, along with allergies and asthma? Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. With many children suffering from an undetected vision problem, it’s important to give every child the best chance of reaching their full potential.
Here are a few helpful tips for caring for your child’s vision at home
1. Read in a room with good and even lighting
2. Encourage regular study breaks
3. Wear sunglasses as they will reduce the amount of UV reaching a child’s eyes
4. Wear a broad-brimmed hat will reduce the amount of UV reaching a child’s eyes by up to half
5. Don’t use computers, iPads or learning devices in dark rooms
6. Where possible minimise glare or reflections from the lights or windows
7. Limit computer sessions to less than two hours
8. Have the top of the monitor/television approximately at or slightly below eye level
9. Encourage children to sit a decent distance back from TV
10. Include plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish containing vital antioxidants
11. Encourage regular outdoor activity for a healthy active lifestyle
Be sure to make vision care and eye checks a part of your child’s routine medical care.
Different kinds of doctors offer eye care, and the names can be confusing:
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who provide comprehensive eye care with medicine and surgery.
Pediatric ophthalmologists are doctors who have additional special training to treat kids’ eye problems.
Optometrists provide services that focus on how your child’s eyes are working together to provide the best vision possible. The paediatric optometrist focuses on optimising this visual system to provide an unhindered learning environment for the child at home and at school. This is usually done with the use of spectacle lenses or some vision therapy techniques.
For an appointment call us on 07 3878 2655
Opticians fit and adjust eyeglasses.
Read more on children’s vision via our blog