Back to School – 5 Tips for Children’s Eye Care

Summer has flown by and it’s already time for children to head back to school. There’s always so much to think about, including your child’s eyecare. We have 5 tips for you to help make children’s eye care easy for the coming school year.

1. Look Out for Common Signs of Eye Problems in Children

Eye problems in children can be easily missed, or misdiagnosed. If your child is having reading difficulties, it could be a sign of an eye issue or Visual Stress. Squinting, headaches, fidgeting and reluctance to read are all signs that there could be a problem. Visual stress can manifest as print moving or blurring on the page and is often linked with dyslexia. Find out more about this condition.

2. The Importance of a Healthy Diet

You can help prevent eye problems by ensuring children eat healthily both at home and at school. Fruit and vegetables are important to ensure they get enough of the vitamins and antioxidants that are essential for healthy eyes. Vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin are all good for the eyes and can be found in green, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and oily fish, to name a few.

3. Limit Screen Time

This one may be a challenge, as most children want to spend all their spare time glued to a screen, but as you might already know, it’s certainly not healthy for their eyes. Myopia, or shortsightedness, is becoming more and more prevalent, occurring at a younger age due to excessive time spent looking at digital devices. Encourage your child to spend time outdoors, which will let their eyes adjust to natural light levels and seeing at various distances, to strengthen their eyes and vision.

4. Choosing Glasses

If your child does need glasses, allowing them to feel like they’ve had a part in choosing their own frames will mean they are more likely to feel happy and comfortable wearing them. We have a large range of children’s prescription glasses, including durable frames suited to active lifestyles.

5. Regular Eye Exams

We can’t stress the importance of having regular eye exams enough. For most children, this means once a year, starting from age 4 or earlier if they show signs of problems. With school starting, it’s a good idea to get an eye exam booked in now to give your child the best start to the school year.

Contact us on 01382 462236 if you have any questions or would like to check when your child is due for their next eye exam.