Caring For Your Child's Eyes: What You Can Do

Posted on: 30 June 2020

Your child's eyes may not have seen too much as of yet, but those young eyes need care much like an adult's eyes. If you don't help take care of your child's eyes, it could set up your child for a lifetime of poor vision. To help take care of your child's vision, there are things you need to do. Read on for helpful information to help you take care of your child's eyes. 

Teach Your Child To Keep Their Hands Off Their Face

Your child needs to know to keep their hands off of their face. Touching their eyes with dirty hands can lead to infections or sties in or around the eye. Teach your child to wash their hands thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. Have your child wash their hands after being anywhere public, as well as when they get home from school, to prevent eye issues.

Get Your Child's Eyes Examined

Make sure you have your child's eyes examined at the eye doctor when your child begins going to school — or sooner if you suspect a problem with your child's sight. Eye exams can help determine a vision issue early on and can prevent other issues, such as delays in learning and other concerns. An eye exam can also create a vision baseline for your child, so if their vision changes or if there is anything else noticeable, problems can be spotted early and treated.

Watch For Vision Concerns

Be sure to watch for vision concerns in your child. If you notice things such as your child squinting to see things either far away or up close or if you notice that your child is scratching their eyes constantly or blinking a lot, it could be a dry eye issue. Another concern is if your child's eyes are turned one way or another, which can be a sign of a muscle problem that is going to need to be corrected and that may require surgery.

Your child's eyes are important, and you should care for them to ensure your child doesn't have vision issues at a young age. If you aren't sure how to care for your child's vision or what other things you can do to help your child's eyes, talk to the eye doctor about other information and things you can do that can help to ensure your child has healthy vision for years to come.

To learn more, contact an eye care center.