Ready for School? August Is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Back to schoolIt’s almost back-to-school time and while you may be busy purchasing school supplies, shopping for new clothes and shoes, and filling out enrollment forms, don’t forget about your children’s eye health as they begin a new school year. The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are promoting August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. August is a great month to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child and to make sure they have appropriate eye protection for sports and activities they may participate in during the coming school year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 12.1 million school-aged children have some type of vision problem that can greatly impact learning and school performance. Although the majority of these problems are correctable, early detection is key in preventing children from falling behind in school due to undiagnosed vision issues. It is recommended that children have a comprehensive eye exam that can uncover difficulties that may not be evident during a school or pediatric vision screening.

Did you know that nearly 50 percent of all eye injuries occur in children younger than age 15 (Consumer Product Safety Commission)? Consider what types of activities your child will be participating in this year and make sure they have appropriate eyewear to protect their eyes, such as safety goggles for chemistry lab or shop class or prescription eye guards for corrective lens wearers who engage in sports. Nearly all serious eye injuries are preventable by wearing appropriate protective eyewear. Your eye care specialist can help you determine the safest products for your child’s needs.

Help your kids do their best in school and protect their vision by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam today and ensuring they have the proper eye protection for school and sports activities. Are you ready for school?