August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!
With the beginning of the school year right around the corner and as we leave the wonderful summer vacation time behind us, August is the perfect time of the year to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for our little ones at home.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their first visit to the eye doctor at 6 months of age and should start visiting the eye doctor more regularly around age three.
Let’s remember how important our children’s vision is when it comes to not missing any detail during the school year and the impact any undetected vision problems might have in the life of our little ones.
Refractive errors such as astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, color deficiency, and others, can be detected by eye doctors at a very early age.
Some of the signs you might be able to identify at home that indicate your little one has a vision problem and they should see an eye doctor, include:
- Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close to his face.
- Tilting their head.
- Frequently rubbing their eyes.
- Sensitivity to light
- Click here for a full list provided by the American Optometric Association.
More advanced diseases such as retinal dysfunction in infants who suffer of nystagmus (rapid involuntary movement of the eyes) can now be tested and diagnosed with the help of LKC’s RETeval®, the first completely portable, handheld, full field flash ERG and VEP testing device for medical professionals. – Read full report.
The NIH has reported that every thirteen (13) minutes, an emergency department in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. In order to ensure eye safety in children, Children’s National provides parents with a list of things that can be done to protect their eyes and ensure they have lots of fun while practicing outdoors and indoors activities.
We are all aware of how important it is for children to play sports and be active during and after school hours. At home, we encourage them to be a part of a team and to practice different sports, and it is our job to make sure they have and wear the appropriate eye-protective gear at all times.
Help your children have a successful school year and make the best out of their curricular and extracurricular activities by scheduling an eye exam and by providing them with the appropriate tools to ensure their eyes are safe and their vision problems are detected and corrected on time.
“The RETeval® device is proven to be a feasible, fast, and effective tool for screening test to detect retinal dysfunction in children with nystagmus with with minimal discomfort and risk” – Nonsedated handheld electrotinogram as a screening test of retinal dysfunction in pediatric patients with nystagmus report.