AUGUST: NATIONAL CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH & SAFETY MONTH
Did you know that August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month? Whether you’re expecting your first child or already raising your youngsters, you can work toward safeguarding their eye health now and well into the future.
The most common causes of eye injuries to children are:
- Misuse of toys
- Falls from beds, against furniture, on stairs, and when playing with toys
- Misuse of everyday tools and objects (work and garden tools, knives and forks, pens and pencils)
- Contact with harmful household products (detergents, paints, glues, etc.)
- Automobile accidents.
Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the US and most of those injuries are sports-related. Protective eyewear is the key to sports eye safety as 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the right choice of protective eyewear. Even if your child’s sports league does not require eyewear, you as a parent have a right to insist on protecting your child’s eyesight. Our office carries a variety of sports goggles for your child to try on. Come see us!
Affordable Care Act and Children’s Vision
Through the Affordable Care Act, parents can now sign up for health insurance plans that will provide their children with full coverage for childhood comprehensive eye exams and glasses or contact lenses for correcting vision. As of last year, vision care for children will be covered by many health plans as an essential benefit, no longer standing alone in separate vision plans.
Eye Safety Programs
One of the resources provided by Prevent Blindness America is the Eye Spy eye health and safety education program. It’s a series of interactive games where kids can learn the parts of the eye, how the eye works and what to do to protect their eyes. Another is the Star Pupils Eye Health and Safety Curriculum which provides teachers with interactive materials to help students learn about the importance and mechanics of sight.
Good vision is key to a child’s physical development, school success and well-being. By setting up a comprehensive eye exam for your child this month, you can get them on the right track for a happy and healthy school year.
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