Back-to-School Eye Care Tips for Kids

Our oldest child has some eye problems that really affect his schoolwork. We were so glad when his eye doctor caught the problems that require vision therapy. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, a top Beverly Hills Ophthalmologist, has a few tips parents can use to help protect their kids’ eyes this school year.

Matthew, when he got his glasses a few months ago.

Top 5 Back-to-School Eye Care Tips for Kids
1.       Get your child an eye exam before school starts: Problems with your children’s vision can be detected through a routine eye exam. It’s important to correct these issues, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, before they create more serious complications such as difficulty learning or the development of recurrent headaches.
2.       Kids should wash their hands regularly: According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed due to the spread of infectious diseases. Three million of those missed days are the direct result of acute conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. It’s important to remind your children to wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their eyes as much as possible.
3.       Ensure children wear protective eyewear when playing sports: Most eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports, with nearly 35,000 incidents per year according to the National Eye Institute. Protective eyewear, such as goggles or a helmet-mounted eye/face shield, can drastically reduce the risk of serious eye injury. As parents, a great way to help is by setting a good example whenever you participate in sports.
4.       Encourage kids to give their eyes a rest: With the school year in full swing, your children will likely be spending a lot of time with their nose stuck in books or staring at the computer screen. Over time, this can cause eye strain, headaches, blurred vision or even nearsightedness. Remind your children to give their eyes a rest every 20 to 30 minutes. It’s a good idea to minimize glare where they are working, as this can force the eyes to work harder than need be.
5.       Purchase your children high E-SPF glasses: A lot of activities that kids participate in after school expose them to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Over time, UV exposure can lead to a host of problems for the eyes, including the early development of cataracts. By purchasing protective, high E-SPF prescription glasses or sunglasses for your child, you’ll foster and encourage their good eye health years to come.  

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  1. August 20, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    My kids get their eyes checked at the pediatrician every year and then the school does their own eye and hearing tests in the fall, so they get double tested.

  2. August 20, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    I have scheduled appointments for my kids. Vision care is very important.

  3. August 21, 2014 / 12:49 am

    None of my kids have vision problems, yet. But nearsightedness does run in the family. We do regular vision checks at the pediatrician.

  4. August 21, 2014 / 2:12 am

    Great tips. So important to schedule regular appointments to catch any problems early.

  5. August 21, 2014 / 11:59 am

    we get testing at school
    I will follow your tip and get UV protection for their PE and sports activities

  6. August 21, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    My son will be getting his eyes checked in the next few weeks at his pediatrician. I also need to pick up several more pairs of sunglasses for him. We're always losing them!

  7. August 21, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Two of my kids have glasses but their vision isn't that bad. My son usually only wears his glasses while reading or driving.

  8. August 21, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    What some great tips – I remember when I first had to get glasses in school it was very different. I need to learn to rest my eyes more. x

  9. August 21, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    I need to schedule my kiddo for an eye exam– his first ever. Every time I try though, the pediatric ophthalmologist keeps canceling on me.

  10. August 21, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    My daughter was squinting and sayiing she couldn't see. Got her tested and the doc says she's fine. I think we'll retest in a few months.

  11. August 21, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    great tips so important to take care of children's eyesight.

  12. August 21, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    Thank you for the tips! I have poor vision so I hope my son doesnt!

  13. August 21, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    Annual eye checks are so important, especially as kids are growing. Their vision can change pretty dramatically from one year to the next.

  14. August 21, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Yes, eye exams are so important! My daughter started having headaches and trouble reading before we realized she had bad vision. Once she got glasses, her headaches went away!

  15. August 21, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    The first tip is the most important, it's always good to go get your child's eyes checked out before school starts.

  16. August 21, 2014 / 11:22 pm

    I never heard of E SPF glasses. I only know of the SPF kind. It is important to protect the entire body when playing sports. We have mouth guards and we often wear hats and sunglasses to be safe.

  17. August 22, 2014 / 12:31 am

    We always do vision checks every summer before school begins. Its a process but so imposrtant for their learning.

  18. August 22, 2014 / 12:54 am

    We do annual eye exams in December. My daughter had hearing issues that were affecting her learning so I definitely understand how you feel.

  19. August 22, 2014 / 1:45 am

    We just got done with our eye exams. These are great tips!

  20. August 22, 2014 / 2:28 am

    I can see why pink eye causes so many missed school days. I know my kids got it a lot and I caught it from them!

  21. August 22, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    I've got to get the kids eyes checked before school. I guess it would't hurt to schedule that now while I am thinking of it.

  22. August 22, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    This post came right on time I need to make an appointment for my sons eyes to get checked.

  23. August 23, 2014 / 1:22 am

    Great tips! A lot of us in my family wear glasses but from my hubby side everyone claims to have 20/20 vision lol Hoping my son will too!

  24. August 23, 2014 / 3:43 am

    Washing hands is such a great habit that helps out with avoiding so many ailments!

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