August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, so try to get your kids to go outside and play, away from television and the computer.

This is the time to discuss the importance of eye safety with your kids. Yearly eye exams in children can detect nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), and, in some cases, tumors. Undetected vision problems can cause learning disabilities, bad behavior, and poor grades.

Most children do not know that they have vision problems and, over time, figure out how to function with their impairments. Parents can sometimes detect vision problems in their children by certain signs:

  • Crossed eyes
  • Wandering eyes
  • Headaches while reading or writing
  • Low reading grade level
  • Squinting
  • Constant eye rubbing 
  • Eye redness
  • Head tilting while reading or watching TV
  • Difficulty writing in a straight line
  • Holding books or objects up close
  • Complaints of obstructed vision (blurriness, black dots, white spots)

However, some conditions are not so easily detected. Eye exams given by a pediatrician or an ophthalmologist (not just basic school eye exams) is the only way to be safe and sure.

Remember that certain eye conditions can be reversed if caught early, so schedule an eye exam for your child today!