4 TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL EYE HEALTH
Does it seem like summer is flying as quickly as usual? It is time to start planning for the fall and back to school eye exams are high on the agenda for families.
1) EYE EXAM SAVVY
—Know the difference between vision screenings and a comprehensive eye exam.
—Often schools will perform periodic visual screenings. While many children have been helped by these beneficial screenings, some vision difficulties can go completely unnoticed. Vision conditions which are imperceptible during a screening can interfere with the child’s academic achievement and athletics participation.
A complete eye exam evaluates such areas as
-visual function such as depth perception,
peripheral vision and color vision
-eye focusing and movement ability
-family eye health history
All are vision aspects vital for a child’s development. A vision screening is no substitute for an eye health exam.
2) SCREEN HYGIENE
We are all spending a larger part of our day staring at screens. The Huffington Post reports that more leisure time is now spent on digital devices than watching television. With visual systems still developing, vision coordination/organization demands on children are even more exacting than upon adults. Some rules of thumb to follow:
-20/20/20 rule- every 20 minutes focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds
–consider computer glasses for more accurate acuity and for protection from blue light damage to the eyes
–Encourage and enforce “screen vacations..”
a day or afternoon without any screen time.
3) HYGIENE- Protect from illness
Your eyes are not only the window to your soul but also a portal to illness. Specific eye diseases such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), viruses like the flu or a common cold, can invade your body via your eyes.
-don’t share personal items-makeup, towels
-never share “costume” or any other contact lenses
-avoid touching or rubbing your eyes
4) SPORTS VISION PROTECTION
Between the ages of 11-14 most children’s eye injuries occur when playing sports without the appropriate protection.
–The National Eye Institute reports nearly 35,000 eye accidents a year. Articles by The Vision
Council state that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children.
– Options for protective eyewear include: general sport goggles, helmet goggles, and swimming goggles. Our office carries Rec-Specs which can be ordered with or without prescriptions and tints.
Before your children pack school supplies in their backpacks and get on the school bus, make sure that their eyes are ready for a great school year in the classroom and on the playing fields.