Kids' Eye HealthTopics
- Normal Vision Development
- Refractive Errors in Children
- Common Childhood Eye Conditions
- Kids' Eye Injuries
- Learning Disabilities and Vision
- Kids' Vision Screening Recommendations
- Time Outdoors Reduces Nearsightedness
- Diagnosing Children's Eye Problems from Photographs
- Children's Eye Health and the U.S. Affordable Care Act
- Eye Health Tips for College Students
Related Eye HealthLifestyle Information
Preserve Your Child's Vision
Screen your child's vision when they are born and again during infancy, preschool and school years.
Eye exercises and vision therapy won't cure a learning disability.
A Sign of Strabismus?
Are your child's eyes misaligned? She may squint one eye in bright sunlight if it does not look straight ahead.
Children and Contact Lenses
Is your child ready? Ask yourself if he can your follow directions consistently and handle chores independently?
Cellulitis and Surgery
Surgery can lead to cellulitis infection. Follow the instructions your child’s doctor or dentist gave you following surgery.
What Is an Ophthalmologist?
Are You Fit at 40?
A baseline eye exam is recommended at age 40, when the signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur.
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 sun – all 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 July 25, 2014