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Back-to-School Eye Health Tips

It's that time of year again! Back-to-school list, new clothes, new backpack, bus schedule, meet the teacher....EYE EXAM! It's estimated that 80% of what children learn is through their eyes. And, 1 in 4 children have a vision problem. I have always wondered why we have mandatory dental checks, but not eye checks! Besides regular eye health exams, keep these eye health tips in mind to ensure your child is off to a great start with their learning.

  • Eat Your Carrots – The old adage still holds true. A well balanced diet loaded with different types of fruits and veggies is important for eye health.

  • Speak Up – Ask you child to let you know if they have any problems focusing at the board or reading. Be observant of squinting or eye rubbing.

  • Wear Your Glasses – Help your child understand the importance of wearing their eyeglasses. Fortunately, its cool to wear glasses now as fashion trends have changed. But if they don't like the way they look, try pointing out sports figures, and other well-known people who wear glasses. Remind them about how to clean and store their glasses.

  • Rest Your Eyes – Looking continuously at a computer, phone or TV screen can tire eyes. Encourage your child to take a break.

  • Wear Safety Gear – Make sure your child has appropriate eyewear protection playing sports, using chemicals or tools for school projects. 90% of eye injuries can be prevented with better safety habits.

1 in 4 children has a vision problem

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