It’s never too early to teach children how to care for their eyes. This Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your local eye care center, has made a list of ways to keep your kids’ eyes in good health.
Prepare Healthy Meals
Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein are beneficial to your child’s eyesight. You can find these nutrients in salmon, tuna, nuts, eggs, citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach.
Teach Your Kids the 20-20-20 Rule
Digital eye strain is common nowadays with the proliferation of screens and gadgets. Kids can develop headaches or dry eyes. Teach them to practice the the 20-20-20 rule where every 20 minutes, they should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Encourage your children to have this habit when using gadgets or watching the television.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups
Having regular eye exams for your children is the best way to detect an eye problem. This serves as a preventive measure against eyesight damage too. Your kids will thank you as they grow up with healthy eyesight.
Get Them Sunglasses and Safety Eyewear
Children need to protect their eyes as much as adults do. Another great habit to teach kids is to wear eyeglasses when going out on bright, sunny days. Too much UV exposure from the sun could lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye damage later on. Professionals recommend sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
Only an eye doctor can detect irregularities and early signs of serious eye conditions. Trust in the specialists at AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care. Call us at (757) 772-0086 or fill out this form to request an appointment. We serve Virginia Beach, VA, and other nearby communities.