Dr. Jim Martin 07/25/2016

boy-with-glasses-at-school.pngThe start of a new school year means a lot of things, from getting your child re-settled into a new schedule, to extracurricular activities, to, of course, homework. There's definitely a lot going on, but you should make sure that you don't ignore your child's eye health along the way.

To make sure that your child's vision is protected and won't hinder their learning, here are some steps you can take before school begins.

Have Your Child’s Eyes Examined

One of the most important things you can do is to schedule an eye exam for your child before summer ends. Problems such as nearsightedness and farsightedness can be detected through an exam, and correcting these issues before they impact your child's learning is crucial. Moreover, your child may exhibit signs of needing their eyes checked, from headaches, to excess squinting, to rubbing their eyes, to even bumping into corners and objects that others don't.

Make Sure Your Child Has Protective Eyewear For Sports

The National Eye Institute reports that most eye injuries among kids ages 11-14 occur while playing sports. Having the proper protective eyewear, like goggles or a helmet-mounted face or eye shield, is the best safeguard against these types of injuries. Remember, ordinary glasses and contact lenses don't provide the necessary protection while playing sports.

Teach Your Child About Responsible Contact Wear

If your child wears contacts, the first step before school begins is to make sure that their prescription is up to date and they have a substantial supply on hand at all times. Encourage them to take a spare set of lenses and solution to school in case their contact is damaged or lost. They should also have a spare set of glasses with them.

Reduce Eyestrain

Technology is certainly everywhere, including in the classroom and at home. Digital eye strain is a problem among children and adults alike, and doing what you can to limit your child's time spent on digital devices (outside of their homework) is a great idea. Digital eye strain can lead to dryness, irritated eyes, and over-exposure to blue light, which has been shown to lead to macular degeneration. Teaching your child about taking breaks, such as using the 20/20/20 rule — every 20 minutes they should take their eyes off the computer or digital device and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds — will provide them with a helpful tool.

Scheduling regular eye exams for your child is a necessity. Call the professionals at Broome Optical today for appointment. Broome Optical has been serving the Amarillo area for over 80 years.

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