Au­gust is Chil­dren’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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With a large num­ber of states be­gin­ning the school year ear­lier, Au­gust is the new Septem­ber! Along with school sup­ply shop­ping and pur­chas­ing those back-toschool cloth­ing items, it’s time to make com­pre­hen­sive eye exam ap­point­ments for the kids. Con­ve­niently, Au­gust is des­ig­nated as Chil­dren’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

A good rule of thumb is to have your chil­dren’s eyes ex­am­ined dur­ing well-child vis­its, be­gin­ning around age three. Your child’s eye doc­tor can help de­tect re­frac­tive er­rors such as near­sight­ed­ness, far­sight­ed­ness and astig­ma­tism as well as the fol­low­ing diseases: Am­bly­opia (lazy eye) Stra­bis­mus (crossed eyes) Pto­sis (droop­ing of the eyelid)

Color de­fi­ciency blind­ness)

If you or your doc­tor sus­pects that your child may have a vi­sion prob­lem, you can make an ap­point­ment with your lo­cal oph­thal­mol­o­gist for fur­ther test­ing. There are some spe­cific warn­ing (color signs that may in­di­cate that your child has a vi­sion prob­lem. Some of these in­clude:

• Wan­der­ing or crossed eyes

• A fam­ily his­tory of child­hood vi­sion prob­lems

• Dis­in­ter­est in read­ing or view­ing dis­tant ob­jects

• Squint­ing or turn­ing the head in an un­usual man­ner while watch­ing tele­vi­sion

Keep­ing your chil­dren’s eyes safe is an­other part of main­tain­ing healthy vi­sion. Eye in­juries are the lead­ing cause of vi­sion loss in chil­dren. There are about 42,000 sports-re­lated eye in­juries ev­ery year in Amer­ica, and chil­dren suf­fer most of these in­juries. Help pre­vent your child from be­ing one of the more than 12 mil­lion chil­dren who suf­fer from vi­sion im­pair­ment by re­mem­ber­ing a few ba­sic rules of safety:

• All chil­dren should wear pro­tec­tive eye­wear while par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports or recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties

• Pur­chase age-ap­pro­pri­ate toys for your chil­dren and avoid toys with sharp or pro­trud­ing parts (Source: HAP).

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