August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August is designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

A good rule of thumb is to have your children’s eyes examined during well-child visits, beginning around age three. Your child’s eye doctor can help detect refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism as well as the following diseases to include Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (crossed eyes), Ptosis (drooping of the eyelid) and Color deficiency (color blindness)

If you or your doctor suspects that your child may have a vision problem, you can make an appointment with your eye care provider for further testing. Some warning signs that might indicate your child has a vision problem include:

  • Wandering or crossed eyes

  • A family history of childhood vision problems

  • Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects

  • Squinting or turning the head in an unusual manner while watching television

Keeping your children’s eyes safe is another part of maintaining healthy vision. Eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children. There are about 42,000 sports-related eye injuries every year in America, and children suffer most of these injuries. Help prevent your child from being one of the more than 12 million children who suffer from vision impairment by remembering a few basic rules of safety:

  • All children should wear protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities

  • Purchase age-appropriate toys for your children and avoid toys with sharp or protruding parts

To schedule a back-to-school eye exam with our pediatric specialist call 910-484-2284 or to learn more visit

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