on Tuesday, August 2, 2011
August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
. As a reminder, it is recommended that school-aged children and teens get eye exams annually. An annual comprehensive eye exam is an important part of monitoring eye and overall health in children. For more information on the importance of eye health and children, including educational content and games, please visit the National Eye Institute's See All You Can See website
Many vision conditions
can be corrected with contact lenses. Is your child or teen ready for contact lenses? A recent survey of children and youth ages 8 to 18 revealed that the most important reason for getting contact lenses wasn't to look better, it was because they became active in sports.* There are many benefits to wearing contact lenses while playing sports, and there is no set age to start wearing contacts. Many eye care practitioners begin to encourage contact lens wear between the ages of 11 to 14 and use responsibility and maturity to indicate whether or not a child or teen will be a successful candidate for contact lenses. For more information on the relationship between children/teens and contact lenses, please visit mycontactsports.com
.*Source: CooperVision Study Conducted by Braun Research, December 2009.