Tips To Protect Child Vision and Eye Health
Our eyes are precious. We see and experience much of the world through our eyes in terms of colour and visual cues. Out there is a vibrant and dynamic world, which should be fully experienced. And one of the ways to live life fully is by keeping our eyes in excellent state.
Surely you would want your kids to experience life in the best possible way. So, ensure that your kids maintain their eyesights well-being.
In this article we’ll put forward a list of tips helpful to protect your child’s vision and to maintain the overall health of your eyes. Take a look.
1. Consume a balanced diet
This is, indeed, the best tip you can ever get for maintaining the eye health of your children. Our kids’ eyes are still developing, which means the eyes need nourishment for proper development and functioning.
As parents, your role is to make sure that your kids consume an eye-friendly diet that includes nutrients such as zinc, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin C and E.
By consuming the following diet, you can ensure that your kids are eating right:
a. Green, leafy and fresh vegetables
b. Sources of proteins such as tofu, eggs, beans
c. Fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel
d. Fruit juices such as lemon and orange
e. Pork and oysters
So, all in all, consuming a well-balanced and healthy diet will protect the eyes of your kids from premature damages. Besides, such a diet also helps in keeping obesity at bay, which can lead to diabetes (an eye-damaging concern).
2. Get them to exercise
Another way to help them be less susceptible to obesity is by getting them to exercise every day. Exercise, without a doubt, is the best way to help kids maintain a healthy weight, let alone a great way to keep the health of their eyes in a good state.
Weight problems and eye-related disorders go hand-in-hand. Retinopathy, for instance, is a major concern and is often linked to either diabetes or high blood pressure. If left untreated, retinopathy can cause permanent vision loss.
So, offer an environment for kids that encourage regular exercising. Ready your child for an active and healthy lifestyle in order to have healthy eyes.
3. Minimal screen time
This one shouldn’t surprise you, given the number of hours kids spend in front of their phones and laptops. Restrict the number of hours your kids spend in front of television and any other screens. Doing this will be incredibly beneficial in protecting your kids’ eyes, and your kids will thank you for it once they grow up.
It is a good idea to encourage half hourly breaks, during screen time.
4. Get them outdoors
Not only should you reduce their screen time, but also encourage them to spend as much time possible outside in the woods or fields. Allowing your kids to get under the sun and air can be profoundly beneficial for their eyes.
According to several research studies, spending time outdoors can help children avoid eye problems such as myopia.
So pack your bags and go camping!
5. Shielding from the sun
When we are outdoors, it is vital to protect the eyes from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Ensure that your kids’ eyes are adequately protected from the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun rays can cause eye damages. And, of course, do not let your kids directly stare at the sun. Make them wear UV proof sunglasses, especially those that absorb 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
6. Keeping the eyes clean
Each day our eyes come in contact with several foreign objects such as dust and pollution. Our eyes are prone to infection when they frequently make contact with such pollutants. One of the best ways to keep our eyes safe is to teach our kids how to wash their eyes and hands clean.
Kids love touching areas around their eyes, which is a habit that can lead to germs. Regular washing of hands will keep the germs away.
7. Examine the eyes every year
An annual eye examination is mandatory for all kids, even if they don’t show any vision problems. It is better to be adequately prepared than sorry. Also, vision problems are easier to solve when detected early, especially in children.
So, make sure that you take your kid for an eye examination once a year, every year.
8. Other miscellaneous (but incredibly important) tips
We are talking about good habits here. Your kids should inculcate healthy habits right from their childhood, and encouraging and rewarding their healthy habits are a good start.
Always teach your kids to read with adequate lighting. While watching television, ask them to maintain a safe viewing distance. Ensure that they sleep 8 to 9 hours every night, a good night’s sleep is crucial for better eye health.
9. Taking care during eye injuries
Accidents do happen, out of the blue. But it is pertinent to take proper measures to care for injured eyes.
Do not touch the injured eye or apply any kind of pressure to the eye. If there is any foreign particle inside the eye, do not try to remove it yourself. Ask the kid to blink the eye rapidly. Do not under any circumstances put medication or ointment to the eye without consulting a doctor. Most importantly, always rinse the eyes with clean water.
10. Visit an ophthalmologist
Lastly, when in doubt, visit a qualified eye specialist immediately. Eyes are incredibly sensitive and some eye conditions develop on their own without showing noticeable symptoms. So best is to go and visit an ophthalmologist who will easily diagnose and treat such problems.
If you desire a healthy and a bright future for your kids, ensure that you take enough care of their eyes in their formative years. Unarguably, your efforts won’t go in vain.
And remember, visit a doctor when in doubt.