To protect your child’s vision you don’t need to make them eat pounds and pounds of carrots. Yes your child’s diet is important for maintaining healthy eyes but so is preventing injury. One of the leading causes of child blindness is accidents to the eye or a failure to spot and treat a correctable disorder.
First thing is first, make sure you visit a doctor regularly so that they can not only check on your kid’s overall health but have them specifically monitor and test their eyes and eye areas. There are specialty tests that doctors can do to check the eyeball’s health beyond what is visible to the naked eye. Do research on the latest techniques and talk with your doctor about all the tests available. Children’s eyes grow and change rapidly so make sure you schedule regular exams and don’t miss any if you can manage it. If your son or daughter wears glasses it is even more important to schedule these regular visits for when their prescription changes and they need new lenses. There are also many options available for contact lenses for children. Focus Dailey are a popular option but make sure to ask your doctor about these options.
Although it is impossible to completely prevent accidents from occurring there are several steps you can take in your own home that will eliminate risks to your child’s eyes. It may sound silly but get down on your hands and knees and see the world from your child’s eyes. Many things we take for granted or don’t even notice can be very dangerous for children. Take a look for sharp corners that could be on bookshelves, tables, or other furniture. If you have hardwood floors put as many rugs on them as possible. Make sure to get the non-slip pads to put underneath them. This will prevent slipping and sliding and possible injury when kids are running and playing in the house (even the best-behaved kids do this from time to time). Stairs are also a problem and when possible put gates leading up or down stairs, make sure the railing is secure, and consider carpet as a non-slip option.
Furniture is not the only problem area in a house. To fully keep your child’s vision safe make sure potentially harmful chemicals are locked up properly and stored in safe places away from your kids reach. Also, make sure to keep sharp objects, like pointy toys or tools, out of your kids’ hands and get them in the habit of no carrying anything while they are walking or moving. The last thing you want is for them to trip with something sharp in their hands. Prevent sharp objects from getting in their hands in the first place by regularly checking their toy box for broken or inappropriate toys. Although little boys (and some girls) really love guns do not buy anything that shoots until they are old enough and have been properly trained to use the item.