Your child’s vision is vital – it can have a huge impact on their educational, functional and social development. Your child may not realise they have a problem with their vision which is why it is important they attend a routine eye examination regularly. Children under the age of 16 are entitled to a free NHS sight test every year.
Our Top Child Eye Care Tips
To get the most learning out of school or the most fun out of play, your child needs healthy vision, so this month we’re sharing our top child eye care tips so you can ensure your child enjoys clearer vision.
Healthy eating is just as important for your child’s eyes as it is for their teeth and general wellbeing. There are certain vitamins and nutrients that are especially good for their vision:
- Vitamin A found in carrots and sweet potatoes
- Vitamin C found in citrus fruits and strawberries
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna and walnuts
- Lutein found in kale, spinach and broccoli
- Vitamin E found in almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds
Reduce screen time
Whether it’s staring at a TV, tablet, phone or computer screen, it’s important to give your child’s eyes a rest. Too much screen time can cause their vision to blur when they look away from the screen and leave their eyes feeling tired, strained and dry.
Try getting them to take a break from the screen after 20 minutes of use for at least 20 seconds by staring at something at least 20 feet away — this is the 20/20/20 rule.
Wear glasses consistently
For children that need to wear glasses, it is important that they wear them
consistently as per the advice given by our experienced optometrists. This will help prevent their vision from deteriorating faster.
Have regular eye tests
Children are generally advised to have an eye test every year. This doesn’t just check how well they can see and whether they need a new prescription for glasses but also checks for childhood vision problems, such as lazy eye (ambylopia), squint, long- and short-sightedness. All these conditions can be effectively treated, and in some cases, treatment is more effective the earlier it is given.
At Davies Todd Opticians we pride ourselves on the high-quality family eye care we provide to our local community and children’s eye care is a big part of that. Book your child in for an eye test with our opticians in Worksop – you can rest assured that we’ll put your child at ease so their eye test is a relaxed, stress-free experience!