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Posted on 08-23-2017
With summer’s end on the horizon, families start getting quite busy. Instead of booking days at the beach or water park, it’s time in to start thinking ahead to September, when the kids return to school. Parents will be preoccupied buying books, backpacks, and other school supplies.
If it’s been a while, August is the perfect month to take your child or children in for an eye exam. This is officially Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month as chosen by the organization Prevent Blindness.
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month is an attempt by Prevent Blindness to get parents to prioritize the vision of their children. In the rush of school prep that is August, eye health can slip through the cracks.
While your child needs books and pencils for a successful school year, good vision is their most important asset.
There are certain eye conditions that are more likely to affect children, sometimes as young as six years old. During the exam, the eye doctor will test for:
If your child participates in any organized sports, this is crucial. Children are better off with protective eyewear when engaging in physical activity of any kind. It only takes one eye injury to rob them of their sight for the rest of their lives.
Strabismus or crossed eyes is often hereditary. If your child shows signs of strabismus, surgery or eyeglasses are the best forms of treatment.
Amblyopia or lazy eye also starts young. By using the good eye more than the other with to this condition, a child can get eye strain. With surgery (admittedly as a last resort), contacts, glasses, or even special eye drops, this condition can be corrected.
For all your child’s vision care needs, come see us at Sevigny & Associates Eye Care. We serve those in Arcadia, Sebring, and Wauchula. Here is our contact information for each office:
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