Early detection of eye conditions is more crucial in children because when left uncorrected, they can hinder their development. Without proper treatment, vision problems can affect a child’s learning, increase the risk of permanent vision loss and even lead to behavioral issues. The American Optometric Association strongly recommends your little one see an eye exam doctor yearly.
This Healthy Vision Month, we are sharing tips on taking a proactive approach to your child’s eye health.
Avoid Excess Screen Time
At least two screen time increases the risk of obesity, mood swings, aggressive behavior and obesity in children. The blue light from digital devices can contribute to digital eye strain. This eye condition is usually characterized by blurred vision, dry eye, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. According to the Department of Health, children below two should have no screen time because it can affect physical and language development.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
It’s a common misconception that you only need to see an eye care specialist if you need to update your contact lenses or eyeglasses. Regular eye exams can detect and treat eye conditions early in adults and children. If you see your child constantly squinting, tilting their head, or rubbing their eyes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. These are common signs of vision problems in young individuals.
Prepare Well-Balanced Meals
Incorporating leafy greens and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your daily meals is beneficial to the entire family’s eye health. Vitamin A in leafy greens can lower the risk of dry eye syndrome, while omega-3 fatty acids can lower the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It’s also a good idea to consume fruits rich in vitamins C and E, such as pineapples, oranges, strawberries and mangoes. These vitamins can help restore tissues in your eyes and prevent infections. Moreover, an overall balanced diet is essential in preventing obesity and hypertension, which contribute to several eye diseases.
At Lumen Optometric, we are committed to restoring your vision and helping you maintain good eye health. We offer a wide range of services, including corneal reshaping therapy, myopia treatment and neurolens therapy. Call us at (626) 921-0199 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.