Your child’s eyes will serve him for life. Taking steps to protect
his eye health and vision will reduce his risk of eye diseases now and
in the future. Especially if your family has a history of vision problems
or eye disease, making
regular visits to an ophthalmologist starting from a young age can be beneficial for your child.
Sunglasses protect the eyes from glare and damaging solar radiation. While
many adults know the importance of wearing sunglasses, they do not realize
that children younger than 10 are at particular risk for eye damage due
to UV rays. When choosing the right pair of sunglasses for your child,
make sure to find a set of frames that fit his face without sliding or
falling off. Shatterproof lenses reduce the risk of eye injuries during
falls or other accidents while playing. Always check that any sunglasses
you buy your child offer 99-100% blockage of UVA and UVB rays.
Know the Signs of Poor Vision
A child may not realize when he is suffering from poor vision. Refractive
errors, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, can affect your child’s
vision even when he is very young. Knowing the signs that your child may
need glasses can help you take steps to correct your child’s vision
sooner rather than later. Some of the most common behaviors associated
with poor vision in children include sitting extremely close to the television,
squinting, and difficulty identifying colors, numbers, and letters from
a distance. Additionally,
poor performance in school can sometimes be related to vision trouble in children. If you have any
questions or concerns about your child’s eyesight, visit an eye
care specialist for a short, painless exam.
Dr. Mark Hornfeld is an experienced ophthalmologist serving the NYC area.
He is pleased to offer comprehensive eye exams, counseling on vision ailments, and
laser surgery for the treatment of refractive errors, glaucoma, and cataracts. You can
schedule an appointment for yourself or your child at our office by calling
(212) 580-8881 or clicking on our web contact form.