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Back to School Checklist: Child Eye Exam

Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc.,

With the return to school life just around the corner for your loved ones, the chances are that you’ve spent the recent weeks planning and preparing for just about everything. With orientation schedules, enrollment forms, class equipment, and immunizations all checked on your list, have you had the foresight to think about your children’s eyesight? August is the official eye health and safety month for Children, and here at Nevada Eye and Ear, we think that it’s vital to take care of your children’s eyes before they head off back to school.

What can Threaten Your Childs’ Sight?

Many children have completely healthy eyes, but it is important to remember that there are conditions out there that can quickly threaten and diminish quality vision. As wonderful as it would be for parents to be able to simply glance at their children’s eyes and tell whether or not they may have a problem, it’s impossible to verify whether your child could be suffering from any eye-related issues without a professionally performed exam.

It’s a prudent idea to ensure that your child’s eyes are regularly tested by the experts at Nevada Eye and Ear through frequent pediatric appointments, but there are a few factors that you can look out for which may indicate the need for an extra visit to an eye care professional:

  • If your family has a history of childhood vision problems, you may benefit from having your child’s eyes checked more frequently than others.
  • If your child shows disinterest in viewing distant objects, or seems to struggle with the concept of reading, this could be a sign of vision problems.
  • Crossed eyes or instances of your child wandering aimlessly could show issues with his or her eyesight
  • If your child constantly turns their head to the side or squints when they are watching television or attempting to view something, this could indicate the need for further investigation.

Discuss Eye Safety with Your Children

Over twelve million children suffer from some degree of vision impairment, and injuries to the eye are one of the leading causes in the world when it comes to vision loss in children. Nearly a quarter of all school-aged children struggle with vision-related issues, and in children between the ages of three and five, close to 1 in 20 experience problems that could become permanent without the correct treatment. In order to keep your child’s eyes safe, make sure that they always wear protective equipment when taking part in recreational activities or sports, and avoid any toys that have sharp or protruding parts for younger children.

Remember that one of the best ways you can encourage fantastic eye-related health and safety in your children is by setting a good example yourself. If you teach your children that taking care of their vision and looking after their eyes is important, you should be able to rest assured that they will be much more cautious. Make regular appointments with an eye professional such as Nevada Eye and Ear, and encourage your children to inform you if they feel that anything may be wrong with their vision. If you or a loved one is suffering from vision problems, please make an appointment today at 702-896-6043.

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