Sports Eye Protection
We carry a variety of frames by Liberty Sport. You can help protect your child from sports related eye injuries by ensuring that he or she is wearing the proper eye wear during his or her sports or recreational activities. Wearing regular eyeglasses or just using contact lenses provide little to no protection and can even make injuries worse. If your child is involved in sports, it is important to make sure they are wearing the proper eye wear to help protect their eyes from any injuries that might occur.
Having Your Child's Eyes Examined
Early eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision
As a parent or caretaker, you may wonder if your pre-schooler has a vision problem or when it may be appropriate to schedule your child’s first eye exam.
You should be aware that eye exams for children are extremely important, 5 to 10 percent of pre-schoolers and 25 percent of school-age children have vision problems. Early identification of these problems can be crucial. Children are often more responsive to treatment when they are diagnosed early on.
According to the American Optometric Association, children should have their eyes examined at six months of age. They should then receive additional eye exams at age three, and at least once per year thereafter. Your optometrist may recommend more frequent eye exams if there is a vision problem.
Early eye exams are also important because children need the following basic skills related to good eyesight for learning:
-Binocular (two eyes) coordination
-Eye movement skills
Remember that an appropriate vision screening at an early age can be vital in terms of how well your child performs in school. A child who is unable to see print or view a blackboard can become easily frustrated, leading to poor performance in schoolwork. Some vision problems, such as a lazy eye, must be detected and corrected as early as possible, between ages 2 and 3, while the child’s vision system is still developing and can often be easily molded.
Ask your pediatrician for a reference to a trusted optometrist. During the examination, be sure to tell the doctor if your child has a history of prematurity, delayed motor development, engages in frequent eye rubbing, blinks excessively, fails to maintain eye contact, cannot seem to maintain a gaze while looking at objects, has poor eye tracking skills, or has failed a pediatrician’s or pre-school vision screening.