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Childhood Eye Disease

Updated on January 29, 2015

Protecting Children's Eyes

Through this lens, I hope to inform my readers of the signs of potential eye problems and the importants of eye care. Protection starts early with infants, protecting their eyes from bright sunlight and debris carried by the wind. Moms know of the importance of having a top (shade) on the baby's stroller and an extra blanket to assist in shading the baby's face. Bonnets and wide brim hats are most effective providing eye protection when out and about!

It is important to teach siblings to be careful around their younger brothers/sister and playmates when playing with large objects that could potentially cause injury to their eyes.

Sunglasses are now available for younger children in various sizes, shapes and colors. Educating a young child about the importance of protecting their eyes, while they protect their skin (sunscreen lotion), can help prevent eye diseases in the future. Brochures are available to help educate what to be aware of when helping to protect and prevent serious eye conditions.

What To Look For

Warning signs

Make an appointment with an eye doctor-either an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist - if you see any of the following signs in your child:

* Eyes flutter quickly from side to side (nystagmus).

* Eyes are watery all the time.

* Eyes are always sensitive to light.

* Eyes change in any way from their usual appearance.

* White or yellow material appears in the pupil-the dark circle at the center of iris (the colored area of the eye).

* Redness in either eye persists for several days.

* Puss or crust appears in either eye.

* Eyes looked crossed or "wall-eyed."

* The child constantly rubs his or her eyes.

* The child often squints.

* The child's head is always tilted.

* Eyelids tend to droop.

* One or both eyes seem to bulge.

* One pupil is larger or smaller than the other (asymmetric pupil size).

* Baby does not make eye contact by 3 months of age.

* Baby does not focus on and follow objects by 3 months of age.

* Baby does not reach for objects by 6 months of age.

* Baby covers or closes one eye.

* One eye constantly or sometimes (intermittently) turns in, out, up, or down.

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Eye Exam

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that a child have his or her first eye examination by six months of age. However, most parents wait until around the fourth birthday to have their child's eyes examined professionally. Parents commonly believe that vision screenings performed in preschools and public schools are comprehensive eye exams, when in reality they are simply vision "checks." Although vision screenings are important, they in no way replace a comprehensive eye exam.

Caring For Your Children's Eyes

Protecting Your Child's Eyes

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Check out these important points to remember:

  • Teach your child to wear sunglasses, and or a protective hat (wide brim).
  • Teach them the importance of Not looking directly into the sun.
  • Remind them it is important to do these things even on a cloudy day. Sun rays are at their strongest between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Set a good example by wearing shades and/or hat yourself when outside.
  • Make sure baby strollers have a canopy or an umbrella that completely protects your infant or you child.

Computers and Your Eyes

Children and the Increase risk for myopia. Computers and Your Children's Eyes

Children in the 21st century are introduced

to computers as early as the pre-school

level, either at home or in school. According

to the American Optometric Association

(AOA), 90% of school-age children have

access to a computer. In the future,

computer skills will undoubtedly become

necessary for many (if not all) children.

Note: very important site

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Financial Aid For Eye Care

No one should be without eye care, especially children. The following information and Web site provides a list of various agencies who will assist in providing that care. I you know someone who need assistance, be sure to pass this along to them. Thank You.

Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, if you are in need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, you might contact one or more of the following programs.

You may also contact a social worker at a local hospital or other community agency. Social workers often are knowledgeable about community resources that can help people facing financial and medical problems.

Financial Aid For Eye Care

Standard Optical 1-800-eyecare

Beautiful Eyes


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Xalatan (Latanoprost) is an ophthalmic solution used to treat glaucoma (open-angle type) and other eye diseases such as ocular hypertension. International Drug Mart

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Eye exams are an important part of every day life that many people seem to ignore. Also, check out these references as guides. (great site about anything vision) http://eyexamsatlanta (describes the different aspects of eye exams)

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Our eyes are so sensitive to injury and you have really pointed that out here. Lots of good suggestions, links, and symptoms to watch out for. 5*

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Such important information! Thank you!