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Eye Care Tips for Children

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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.

Provide Sunglasses

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.