With the new school year beginning soon, and August being the Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, we would like to remind parents of the importance of keeping their little ones’ vision healthy to prepare them for a successful school year as well as provide a higher quality of life for them in the future.

According to Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association, as a child grows, untreated eye disease or condition becomes more difficult to correct. These can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect reading ability, focus, behavior, personality, and social adjustment in school. Vision problems that can affect children include Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (crossed eyes), and the most common forms of refractive error: myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).*

What can we as parents do to prevent current and future vision problems for our kids? Let’s take a look at the tips that the National Eye Institute recommends to take care of their vision.**

Eat right to protect your sight

Protect your kids’ eye health by providing them with a well-balanced diet. Load up on different types of fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens. Fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut have been shown to help the eyes, too.

Get moving

Did you know that kids who exercise often have a healthier body weight than kids who don’t? Being overweight or obese can put kids at higher risk for diabetes and other conditions leading to vision problems.

Speak up if your vision changes

Tell them to speak up about their vision changes. Ask questions such as “Is your vision blurry? Do you squint a lot? Ever have trouble seeing things at school?”. Remind them to tell you or a teacher if their eyes are bothering them or if they notice any changes in their vision.

Wear your glasses

Their glasses help them see better, especially when they’re clean and free of smudges. Show them how to clean their glasses and how to store them when they’re not wearing them.

Keep the germs away

Teach them to always wash their hands before putting them close to their eyes, especially if they’re putting in or taking out contact lenses.

Gear up

Playing their favorite sport? Using chemicals during science class? Mowing the lawn? Remind them to wear the right protection to keep their eyes safe. Many eye injuries can be prevented with better safety habits, such as using protective eyewear.

Gear up

Playing their favorite sport? Using chemicals during science class? Mowing the lawn? Remind them to wear the right protection to keep their eyes safe. Many eye injuries can be prevented with better safety habits, such as using protective eyewear.

Wear shades

The sun’s rays can hurt their eyes. Choose sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of UVA and UVB radiation from the sun. Also, remind them to never look directly at the sun.

The 20/20/20 rule: Give your eyes a break

Do they spend a lot of time looking at a computer, phone, or TV screen? Staring at any one thing for too long can tire the eyes. Tell them to give their eyes a rest with the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Say no to smoking

Did you know that smoking is as bad for the eyes as it is for the rest of the body? Smoking can put people at risk for some pretty serious eye issues, which can lead to blindness.

Talk about it

Does anyone in your family have issues with their eyes? Not sure? Ask! Talking about eye health with your family can help all of you stay healthy.

In addition to all these, it is important to go to regular doctor visits to ensure you catch anything you as parents might not be realizing early on and correct it according to what your healthcare provider is recommending.

Low-dose atropine eye drops in controlling myopia progression among children and adolescents

Lately, data shows us that the diagnosis of myopia in children and teenagers in the U.S. as well as globally is increasing at a rapid pace. Some studies even suggest that by the year 2025, half of the world’s population is estimated to have myopia***. Another study shows that being confined at home during COVID-19 had a big effect on myopia progression among school-aged children****.

These numbers have led scientists to look for new ways to slow down myopia progression in children. Low-dose atropine eye drops, as low as 0.01% have emerged as an alternative option that may help slow down the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. Studies show that when applied regularly, low-dose atropine eye drops may help with myopia progression in children and adolescents*****.

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Blog Sources:

* https://preventblindness.org/childrens-eye-health-and-safety-month-resources/

** https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/nei-for-kids/healthy-vision-tips

*** https://www.aaojournal.org/article/s0161-6420(16)00025-7/fulltext

**** https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/2774808

***** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1771373/