on Thursday, August 2, 2012
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) only one in three children in America have ever received eye care services before age six, yet more than 12.1 million school aged children have some form of vision problem. August is a month where eye-damaging UV rays are still strong and school is just around the corner – the perfect time for Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.
An annual comprehensive eye exam is an important part of monitoring eye and the overall health in children, so it is recommended that school-aged children and teens get eye exams annually. Undetected vision problems can affect a child’s physical ability, readiness to learn, and self esteem. For more information on the importance of vision and eye health in children, be sure to check out the National Center For Children’s Vision and Eye Health.
Here is a list of great resources that you and your child can learn from during the month of August
- Making Every Day A Healthy Vision Day Calendar: is a great way for kids to learn fun eye related facts.
- Simple Tips For Healthy Eyes: is a list compiled by the National Eye Institute that make maintaining healthy eyes a snap.
- Kids Quest About Vision Impairment: is an online quest that older kids can take in order to learn more about vision impairment and how it affects children.
How are you planning to talk to children about eye health and safety? Let us know!