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Supporting Your Child’s Eye Health

Supporting Your Child's Eye Health

In the attempt to ensure your child has the healthiest possible body, you are going to have to pay attention to everything, including their eye health. Fortunately, it is relatively simple to do this, as long as you are aware of what is required. But it does take a little forward planning and awareness to make sure that you can support your child’s eye health as well as possible. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the major things that you will need to be aware of in order to do that.

Lookout For Signs & Symptoms

The most important thing is that you and your child are both on the lookout for signs and symptoms of poor or declining eyesight, so that you can shuttle them off to the doctor as soon as necessary. This will require some honesty on their part, but you can also do your own tests by seeing how well they are reading, whether they are getting headaches when concentrating, and if they are able to see close up or far away objects. At the first sign that something might be wrong, take them to the optometrist immediately. The earlier, the better.

Soothe Their Concerns

If it turns out that your child might need some treatment, you might find that you need to soothe them around this. For instance, if they need glasses then they might be worried about that, and you are going to have to convince them that it’s okay. That’s actually not too hard to do. It’s mostly a case of showing them just how cool some of these glasses can be. You can help them to shop online for a pair which they are going to love, and you might find that they get on board much quicker than you might have assumed.

Feed Them A Healthy Diet

Supporting Your Child's Eye Health

While there are no foods that magically boost eyesight or fix vision problems, promoting a generally healthy diet is beneficial for keeping eyesight strong. If you know that you could do with improving the diet you feed to your kids, then you might want to think about making the necessary changes as soon as possible. Mostly, you just need to focus on feeding them plenty of fruit and vegetables, with a particular focus on those dreaded leafy greens. That is going to ensure you are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals in their diet, in particular vitamin A, which is especially valuable for good eye health.

Screens: Are They An Issue?

One of the more persistent myths out there about eye health is that screen use damages your eyes. Actually, there is zero conclusive evidence that this is the case. However, if screen use seems to be making your child uncomfortable, then you might want to encourage them to reduce their screen time. The screen won’t be actively harming their eyes, but they might need glasses to help concentrate on the screen anyway. It’s just one of those things to be aware of.

 

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