|August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month promoting education and awareness about getting children’s eyes checked before they return to school.
Most children have healthy eyes, however there are certain conditions that can threaten good vision. Because it’s difficult to determine if the child is having any vision problems it’s important to bring them to their pediatrician regularly. Vision testing should typically start around the age of three.
Funny kid girl in glasses reading books
Signs that may indicate a child has vision problems:
- Wandering or crossed eyes
- Family history of vision problems
- Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects
- Squinting or turning head in an unusual manner while watching television
More than 12 million children suffer from vision impairment in the United States while the leading cause of vision loss is due to eye injury.
There are an estimated 42,000 sports-related eye injuries every year and most are in adolescents.
Take some time this month to talk to others about the importance of regular eye exams for our youth.