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How To Take Care Of Children Eye Problems?

In today’s world children eye problems have become increasingly common. Many pediatric eye doctors believe that this increasing eye disorders are partially because of the lifestyles of today’s children. Obviously the amount of time the children spend on computers doing their homework or chatting with friends, watching televisions or playing video games are partly to be blamed. But that’s not the only reason for children eye problems. There are some other reasons as well.

Regular Eye Check up is Vital for Kids

If your children are suffering from eye disorders then you will definitely require pediatric eye doctors or ophthalmologists who can diagnose the problems and cure them. But as parents, if you follow these steps then the chances of your children eye problems can be reduced significantly.

  • Healthy Diets for Eyecare: Healthy balanced diets that include green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, carrots, broccoli, beetroots, green peas, tomatoes etc are good for children’s eyes. Consumption of fruits like oranges, grapefruits, mangoes, papayas etc. can also keep children eye problems at bay. Apart from these, eggs and fishes should also be a part of your children’s diet plan.
  • Fruits are Key Ingredients to Keep A Kid Healthy

  • Use of Proper Lightings: There should be adequate light behind your children’s study table. There shouldn’t be any direct glaring light. Improper lighting arrangements can put a lot of stress on the children’s eyes and can be responsible for eye disorders. Also, parents need to ensure that the reading materials are placed at least twelve to fourteen inches away from the child.
  • Watching Televisions: Ensure that the room in which the children are watching televisions should be well lit and preferably have white lights (tube lights). Television sets should be at least 4 meters away from the children. Prevent children from watching televisions at a stretch for long hours. Even though most of the television sets nowadays are engineered not to remit harmful rays, still long hours of watching can put significant stress on the eyes. That can very well translate into eye problems like burning sensation, watering, blurring visions, double visions etc.
  • Working on Computers: The eye problems that children may have from prolonged working on computers are the same as that of watching televisions for long hours. To prevent that, the monitor of the computer should be placed at the eye level or slightly lower and placed at least eighteen to twenty eight inches from the children. This will minimize the reflection and glare. Ensure that the monitor has the optimum brightness and contrast. Most importantly, encourage them to take a short break after every twenty minutes of continuous work to avoid fatigue.
  • Allergies and Common Colds: It is not abnormal for children to have allergies and common colds but do not let the children rub their eyes continuously. This can lead to certain corneal abnormalities like “keratoconus” which is a degenerative eye disorder. If required, seek immediate medical intervention from pediatric eye doctors.
  • Swimming Keeps Not Only The Kids Fit But Eyes Good Too

  • Swimming and Outdoor Sports: If your children are into swimming then ensure that they are wearing water tight swimming goggles that prevent the eyes from getting irritated because of the chlorine used in the swimming pools. Also, the chances of children eye problems like infections and allergies reduce significantly. Same applies for outdoor sports. Protective eye wears made of polycarbonate is recommended for all those kids who participate in ball games or contact sports.
  • Harmful Ultra-violet Rays: Sunlight is essential source of Vitamin D to the body. But too much exposure to bright sunlight can be harmful for the children’s eyes. To prevent the Ultra-violet rays radiated from the sun, wide brimmed hats and good quality sun glasses are highly recommended for children.

You are now aware of the basic measures that can be taken to minimize children eye problems. These are highly recommended to be followed along with the regular eye checkups for your children. Once you do that, your little ones will have healthy eyes and will be ready to take on the world!