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Child Eye Care Tips for Parents

    Child Eye Care Tips for Parents

    There are some eye conditions and vision problems that can develop during childhood, such as sore eyes, cross-eyed, and lazy eye. Here are some child eye care tips that every parent should know:

    Maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy

    During pregnancy, a mother’s healthy lifestyle and eating habits can help with the development of their baby’s eyes. Similarly, the mother’s diet and lifestyle while breastfeeding will also have an impact on the child’s eye health.

    Provide a healthy diet

    Give your child meals that are rich in nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E. These can help improve and maintain their eyesight. You can get these nutrients from fruits and vegetables like carrots, squash, kale, avocado, spinach, egg yolks, kiwi, grapes, and orange.

    Spend more time outdoors

    According to studies, being outdoors more often can effectively prevent the occurrence of onset myopia (nearsightedness). Adding more outdoor activities like walking or biking to your child’s daily routine can help keep your child’s vision at its best.

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    Practice healthy eye care habits

    Here are other healthy eye care tips you and your child can follow:

    • Encourage your kid to read under proper lighting, as poor lighting can lead to weakness in vision over time.
    • When reading, your child’s eyes must be 15 inches away from the book, and 20 to 40 inches away from the screen.
    • Give your child age-appropriate toys with no sharp edges that might poke their eyes.
    • Provide your child with the right protective eye gear when playing sports, watching fireworks, and other activities that might injure their eyes.
    • Give your child toys and games that can help stimulate their vision.
    • Have regular eye check-ups to see how your child’s vision develops throughout the years and to detect early signs of eye problems.
    • Your child should get the recommended amount of sleep to avoid eye strain (12-16 hours and 10-14 hours a day, including naps, for infants and children ages 1 to 5, respectively).

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    Signs and symptoms of vision problem

    Children are more susceptible to eye problems since their eyes are still developing. Knowing the early signs of vision problems is key to taking care of your child’s eyesight.

    The warning signs of vision problems include:

    • Frequent rubbing of eyes
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Poor eye tracking skills or trouble visually following objects
    • Severe redness of the eyes with or without pain
    • Excessive tear production
    • Misalignment of the eyes
    • Rapid, uncontrolled eye movement
    • Inability to focus on near or far objects
    • Squinting
    • Headaches when reading or when in front of the screen
    • White glow in the pupils
    • Decrease in academic performance, especially when the child is seated at the back of the classroom.

    If your child has one or more of these symptoms, consult an ophthalmologist.

    Key takeaways

    Eye problems can give anyone a tough time. However, you can protect your child from future vision complications if you encourage proper eye care during childhood. As a parent, following the child eye care tips mentioned in this article can greatly improve and maintain your child’s eye health.

    Learn more about Child Eyecare, here.

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    Sources

    Time Spent in Outdoor Activities in Relation to Myopia Prevention and Control: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5599950/ Accessed October 2, 2020

    Protecting Children from the Ultraviolet Radiation – archived, 11 December 2009 https://www.who.int/uv/resources/archives/fs261/en/ Accessed October 2, 2020

    The Sun, UV Light, and Your Eyes https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/sun Accessed October 2, 2020

    To Grow Up Healthy, Children Need to SIt Less and Play More https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/24-04-2019-to-grow-up-healthy-children-need-to-sit-less-and-play-more Accessed October 2, 2020

    Your Child’s Vision https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/vision.html Accessed October 2, 2020

    Simple Ways to Protect Your Child’s Eyes https://eyescreen.cordlifetech.com/ways-to-protect-your-child-eyes Accessed October 2, 2020

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    Written by Mayvilyn Cabigao Updated Nov 09, 2021
    Medically reviewed by Ruben Macapinlac, MD, DPPS