As summer nears its end, it's time to make a list of things your children need for the new school year. Do not forget to make their eye exam a priority. Having good vision is critical in their ability to learn, adjust, and interact in their school environment. Look for warning signs that may indicate that your child is having vision problems. Some of these are holding a book too close or too far away, always sitting too close to the TV, squinting to see better, preferring to use one eye over the other by covering the weaker eye or turning the head to one side, or complaining of headaches and tired eyes. If your child already wears glasses, his or her eyeglass prescription can change often, so have his or her eyes checked every 6 to 12 months to ensure that any vision changes can be addressed quickly.
Equally important is making sure that your children are equipped with proper protective eyewear for all of their sports and recreational activities. Every year, thousands of sports-related injuries are reported, and more than half of them are suffered by children.
-The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries reports that there are more than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports or recreation each year.
-The National Eye Institute reports that baseball is the leading cause of eye injuries in children 14 and under.
Eye injuries are often the result of a high-speed ball, aggressive body contact or a moving piece of sports equipment. Experts agree that most sports-related eye injuries can be prevented if athletes wear protective eyewear. Appropriate eye protection such as batting helmets with face masks and eye goggles can reduce the risk of eye injuries by at least 90%. Make sure to discuss your child's extra-curricular activities with your eye doctor to ensure that all eye needs are met.
And don't forget, the Acuity Kids Playroom is a comfortable and safe area for kids to play while you shop or get your eyes examined, fully equipped with toys and books for all ages.