Keys to Preparing Your Kids Eyes to go Back to School

 
Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Despite school effort to provide vision screenings for all students analyzing color blindness and ability to see from a distance, parents are highly encouraged to seek out a comprehensive eye exam through their local eye doctor.  These are important screening tests to analyze how well the eyes work together, diagnose overall vision health and identify any visual issues that could require immediate attention.
Vision problems can impact your child’s ability to learn and interact so scheduling an annual eye exam is vital.  
 
Digital Eyestrain
Follow these steps to reduce eyestrain:
  • Observe the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  • Use the High Five test – hold your arm outstretched in front of you, palm facing out (like a high five) and that’s the perfect distance for your computer screen.
  • Remember to blink! Staring at digital screens can lead to dry eyes and blinking is an easy way to combat this issue.
 
E-SPF
Back to school time will keep kids busy with outdoor sports and activities.  Remember how important it is to protect eyes from UV rays. The E-SPF (eye-sun protection factor) rating follows a simple pattern, the higher the rating, the better UV protection to the eyes. The index ranges from zero to 25 for every day, and from zero to 50 for polarized lenses. 
 
Additionally remember to watch for certain behaviors.  Many times, children don’t realize they have an eye issue and will begin squinting, rubbing their eyes frequently, sitting too close to computer or television screens and even complaining of headaches. If your child is showing any of these behaviors, give us a call and schedule an appointment.