When it comes to keeping your eyes in good condition, it’s better to start as early as you can. This is why we encourage parents to put a premium on their children’s eye health and safety. A Plus Vision Optometry, your provider of pediatric eye exam and other quality eye care, shares some great ways to do so as we observe Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month this August.
Include Eye-Friendly Foods in Their Meals
Even if kids may be picky when it comes to their food, it’s still essential to prepare them foods loaded with eye-friendly nutrients. Green, leafy vegetables and citrus fruits are some good examples. They contain high levels of antioxidants that help maintain the eyes’ structural integrity. They also help reduce your children’s risk of developing eye infections. Preparing deep-water fish, like salmon, tuna and mackerel, can help increase omega-3 levels, keeping your kids’ eyes moisturized.
Be Observant of Signs of Vision Difficulties
It may be challenging for your children to pinpoint vision irregularities, which is why it’s important to monitor their habits, watching out for common warning signs of vision problems. Tilting their heads, sitting too close to the TV and losing their place when reading are some of the usual ones. These may mean they have a hard time seeing from a distance, a sign of nearsightedness. Have them undergo a pediatric eye exam to confirm any vision problems.
Have Them Use Safety Eyewear Always
It’s expected for children to be playful, active and energetic, especially during their toddler or preschool stages. They are always curious, experimental, and ready to explore their environment. While this may be part of their formative education, this may also put them at a higher risk of sustaining eye injuries. This is why we suggest letting them use protective polycarbonate eyewear all the time. We also advise having them use sunglasses with 100% UV protection whenever they are outdoors.
Lastly, schedule regular visits to your children’s eye doctors. We have the expertise to detect any changes in their eyesight, paving the way for early intervention. This way, we can preserve their vision, ensuring their continuous learning and maintaining their life quality.
For more tips on keeping your kids’ eyes safe and healthy, call us at (949) 377-1312 or complete our form. We serve Ladera Ranch, Rancho Mission Viejo and nearby CA areas.