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How to Ensure of Your Child's Eyes and Preserve Their Vision

by Mary Owie 02 Nov 2022
The life of a child is one filled with curiosity and constant search for knowledge. As care givers it is our responsibility to ensure we give children the right tools to concur the world. We must therefore encourage their curiosity by giving them the best gift; the gift of sight to ensure they see the world clearly.

Ocular injuries in children can lead to serious vision problems including blindness, and due to their active nature they are predisposed to a number of eye conditions some of which include;

  • Refractive error
  • Amblyopia
  • traumatic cataracts
  • Corneal scarring
  • Thermal conjunctivitis.
  • Epiphora (excessive tearing)
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Ocular infections

These can be prevented by making sure your child has regular eye exams with their first eye test being at 6 months of age to ascertain their visual status. The use of protective eyewear for children cannot be over emphasized as prevention is key in managing all ocular disorders.   

Children wearing sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses or other visual aids with UV protection when outside may help protect the child’s eyes from external damage that may give rise to permanent vision impairment.

Here are five (5) safety tips for children to ensure ocular safety for your children’s eyes

  • Maintain good hygiene by washing their hands to avoid transferring dirt or germs into their eyes
  • Wearing protective eye wear when they engage in sporting activities to prevent particles and dust that may cause damage to the cornea
  • Frequent use of sunglasses or UV protective lenses to prevent thermal conjunctivitis which may lead to visual impairment.
  • Encourage use of prescription lenses for children as prescribed by the Eye doctor. This will help keep their vision sensory organs optimal as they grow and prevent amblyopia or lazy eyes.
  • Limit screen time for kids to reduce the occasion of computer related eye disorders including eye strain, headaches and blurry vision.

Always remember, a stitch in time saves nine. Be proactive with your child’s vision and they will concur the world!

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