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Eye-Healthy Habits, Eye-Safe Choices

When it comes to eye health, children and teenagers have different concerns than older adults. Parents should pay close attention to their children's eye sight: some problems, like amblyopia, that can be treated when children are young, become irreversible once a child is older. Once a child's best eyesight is established, protecting that sight – from injury, bad habits, or poor choices – becomes the goal.

Children should be taught about the health benefits of exercising, not smoking and protecting themselves from the sunall of which are also great for eye health. And children are among the most likely groups to have their eyes injured in sports, by fireworks, or by using illegally–sold colored contact lenses.

Parents, you can help your kids achieve and maintain good vision. Be informed, whether your teenager is going to college and needs advice on keeping their eyes safe, or your baby is headed off to school for the first time and you want to know what's normal for their eyes and what to expect from in-school vision screenings. In addition to establishing good habits in their children, parents also need to stay informed about new developments. For example, recent research shows that children who balance screen time and book reading with time outdoors are less likely to become nearsighted.

Written by Dan Gudgel on


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