This month is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! And there is no better way to observe this special occasion than to practice good eye health habits with the little ones!
Creating an atmosphere of safety and wellness around your kids is a parent’s #1 goal, and the best way to do that is to stay in-the-know on the best safety tips, and safety risks, that present themselves in today’s society.
Here are 6 of the most prominent safety tips that you can use today to keep your children’s eyes safe, and healthy:
1. Protect Yourself From the Sun
Summer is often thought to be the time where we visit the water parks, the zoo, and all other vessels of outdoor excitement. But before you hit the beach, think about how your little ones might be affected by the sun.
Without proper UV protective sunglasses your kids are vulnerable to the effects of prolonged exposure to the sun, which can cause early eyesight deterioration, and even direct damage to the eyes.
2. Safety Goggles/Eye-wear
Not only does safety eye-wear protect from the obvious direct eye penetration from a foreign object, (a stray twig from under the mower, perhaps), but it can also protect your children from harmful debris, like grass clippings or wood shavings, and harmful cleaning chemicals, like bleach or Pine-Sol from entering the eyes.
3. Eat Eye-Healthy Foods
These foods that have been proven to strengthen and maintain good eyesight, as well as prevent degeneration:
4. Prevent Germs
Make sure your child always washes their hands before touching or rubbing their eyes.
Although this can be a never-ending battle, especially if the child is younger, it’s important to promote good cleanliness habits to prevent foreign germs from causing diseases like pink eye to harm your child’s eyes.
5. Get Enough Rest
Getting the proper amount of sleep at night promotes a variety of health benefits, including good eyesight.
Letting your child’s eyes rest can help ‘reset’ them, and prevent putting strain on their eyes that can speed up eyesight degeneration.
6. Find a Good Doctor
We can do our best to prevent injury and illness to our kids’ eyes, but at the end of the day, we’re only human!
For the times when accidents happen make sure that you have an eye doctor to turn to that you trust, and make sure that if you have questions about eye safety, or the safety of your child, you always speak up!
While there are dozens more tips on preventing injury and illness to your child’s eyes, these 6 are a good starting point to get you familiar with the world of eye health.
However, even though this month is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, don’t let eye safety practices be isolated to the month of August! Stay educated on the ever-evolving world of eye health to keep yours and your child’s eyes safe all year round!