New clothes and a new backpack may be on your child’s back-to-school list. But, what about a back-to-school eye exam?
Lighthouse Guild, the leading vision and health organization, points out that vision is one of the keys to success in school and encourages parents to make sure their children get regular vision screenings. Dr. Laura Sperazza, Director of Low Vision Services at Lighthouse Guild, says, “The most important thing you can do to protect your child’s vision is to make sure they get an eye exam. An eye health professional can determine if your child needs eyeglasses or contact lenses, or if there is a vision problem that requires further intervention.”
August Is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
We’ve spent the last year in vision therapy with one of our children for convergence insufficiency treatment. We attended weekly sessions and completed daily homework. I have seen a world of difference in my daughter’s reading, comprehension, abstract thinking, and confidence. As homeschoolers, we didn’t know she was experiencing any vision issues and we didn’t have the proper screenings through specialist doctors, even though she had eyeglasses for reading. It’s important as parents to do research and pay attention to problems and symptoms. Learn more at COVD.
My husband and I both wear contacts and glasses and three of our four kids wear glasses.
Lots of eye care shops offer great back to school deals on glasses for kids under age 18.
Check out these five healthy vision tips to help safeguard your child’s eye health:
Eat Your Carrots
The old saying still applies. Encourage your child to eat a well-balanced diet loaded with different types of fruits and veggies, as well as fish and/or flax.
Ask your child to let you know if they notice any vision changes – if their vision is blurry, they are squinting a lot, or their eyes start bothering them in other ways.
Wear Your Glasses
Help your child understand the importance of wearing their eyeglasses. If they are resistant because they believe glasses are unattractive, try pointing out sports figures and other well-known people who wear glasses. Talk with them about how to clean and store their glasses properly.
Rest Your Eyes
Looking continuously at a computer, smartphone, tablet, or TV screen can tire eyes. Encourage your child to take regular breaks from staring at a screen.
Wear Safety Gear
Make sure your child wears goggles or other types of protective eye wear while playing sports, using chemicals or tools for school projects, or engaging in other activities. Many eye injuries can be prevented with better safety habits.
Order the Warby Parker Home Try-On program and walk through the process from start to finish: from selecting and ordering five frames, to finding the right pair for your face, all in the comfort of your own home!
Lighthouse Guild and ColumbiaDoctors Children’s Health will also host a back to school Twitter chat on Thursday, August 30, at 7 PM. Parents can learn and ask questions about preventing and managing childhood vision loss and preparing their kids for school from experts in the field. Lighthouse Guild’s Twitter handle is @lighthousegld.
About Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss.