Taking care of your eyes is best done as early as possible. This is why your eye doctor advises parents to prioritize their child’s visual health, comfort and safety. Read on as Myopia Institute shares some effective ways to do so in celebration of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month this August.
Prepare Nutritious Meals for Them Daily
Children may be picky when it comes to their food. That said, it’s still necessary to prepare eye-friendly foods every day. We suggest incorporating leafy greens in their daily intake. They are antioxidant powerhouses to help maintain the structural integrity of their eyes. We also recommend giving them citrus fruits as snacks, to boost their immune system. Deep-water fish are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids as well to keep their eyes lubricated.
Be Wary of Signs Indicating Underlying Vision Problems
It’s essential that parents are observant of their child’s habits, since they may not readily realize if they are having visual irregularities. Sitting too close to the TV, holding books up to their noses or refusing to play with others are common signs of nearsightedness. This is a refractive error that usually develops during childhood. Without prompt intervention, this may interfere with your kids’ learning and development. We may prescribe using eyeglasses or contact lenses for their improved visual acuity. We may also suggest LASIK eye surgery as part of their myopia control options once they have met the criteria of a good candidate.
Have Them Use Safety Eyewear All the Time
Children are naturally active, energetic and playful, particularly during their toddler and preschool years. They are often curious about their surroundings and ready to explore their environment. Although this is part of their formative education, this may also put them at a greater risk of sustaining eye injuries. This is why we recommend having them use safety eyewear all the time. These are usually made of polycarbonate material, which is known for its durability.
Playing outdoors for too long may expose your child to harsh ultraviolet rays, which is why they should also use sunglasses always. This may cause their eyes to dry up as well. We may include applying artificial tears and warm compresses as part of their dry eye treatment. Most importantly, have them visit their optometrist regularly for continuous eye care.
For more tips on taking care of your children’s eyes, contact a myopia control specialist in your area today.