It’s that time of year yet again. The back to school rush! The clock is ticking down and at long last you must prepare your child to make this the best school year yet. While getting pencils, binders, and notebooks is very important, there are other things your child must do before the new school year rolls around in order to succeed. In most of our cases, our success relies on how well we see and understand the information presented to us. This is where these eye care tips come into the picture.
The number one rule your child should adhere to every year before school starts is getting an updated eye exam. There are multiple reasons for this:
Sometimes you can’t count on your child to correctly wear their contact lenses. Although there is no age limit for wearing contacts, many eye care professionals recommend considering them between the ages of 11 and 14. After deciding if contacts are right for your child, make sure that their prescription is always up to date. It is possible for their solution to go bad after the expiration date, becoming more acidic or basic. This has the potential to cause discomfort and even an infection.
You should also encourage your child to carry extra lenses, extra solution, and their prescribed glasses with them to school. Things happen, and they never know when being prepared can come in handy. Finally, your child should know the correct way to insert and remove their contacts.
Children are constantly touching questionable surfaces and immediately touching their face and eyes. While they might see this as harmless, the eyes are one of the most open areas of the body for germs to enter. Infections of the eye, such as conjunctivitis, or pink eye, are also very common in younger children. Rubbing their eyes can not only worsen the infection, but also aid in spreading it. Teach your children to never touch or rub their eyes. If for some reason they must, make sure their hands are washed before and after they do it.
Especially in today’s world, children often spend hours upon hours looking at screens. With their eyes in the developmental stages, this could cause long-term damage to their sight. This is why the 20-20-20 rule is so widely suggested. The rule goes as follows: while using electronic devices, every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. The idea behind this rule is to minimize strain on your eyes. Here is a video by the Canadian Association of Optometrists that better explains the idea.
Following these few guidelines can be the first steps needed to make this the best school year yet. Not only will they help your child stay on top of their health, but also guarantee a year filled with the best opportunities to grow and learn. Good luck this year kids!