August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Early care for your children’s eyes helps to reduce serious problems in the future. Children should have their eyes check once a year so set a date that is easily remember, such as the weeks leading up to school.

What can you do between visits? Here is a list of signs to watch for provided by Ophthalmology Times

What do your child's eyes look like?

  • Eyes don't line up; one eye appears crossed or looks outward;
  • Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted, or swollen; or
  • Eyes are watery or red (inflamed).

How does your child act?

  • Rubs eyes frequently;
  • Closes or covers one eye;
  • Tilts head or thrusts head forward;
  • Has trouble reading or doing other close-up work, or holds objects close to eyes to see;
  • Blinks more than usual or seems cranky when doing close-up work; or
  • Squints eyes or frowns.

What does your child say?

  • “My eyes are itchy,” “My eyes are burning,” “My eyes feel scratchy,” or “I can't see very well;”
  • After doing close-up work, your child says, “I feel dizzy,” “I have a headache,” or “I feel sick/nauseous;” or
  • “Everything looks blurry,” or “I see double.”

 

Also, make sure you always have your child wear safety glasses if there is a danger to their eyes.