Why You Should Teach Your Child Eye Safety
By Brandi Goodman
Your vision starts to deteriorate as you age. Even as a child, many of the things around you can be dangerous for your eyesight and cause premature problems. You should teach your child about eye safety now so they can do what they can to protect their eyesight always.
The Sun Harms the Eyes
Too many kids think it's fun to look up at the sun directly. The sun causes harm to the eyes even without looking directly at it. You need to tell your child how dangerous it is to look at the sun and make sure they're avoiding eye contact with it whenever possible. You should also get them sunglasses and teach them about the importance of wearing them anytime they're outdoors. Sunglasses protect the eyes against some of the sun's harmful UV rays.
Toys Can Cause Eye Damage
Certain toys are extremely dangerous. Be sure you're providing age-appropriate options to your children so they are less likely to harm themselves with the toys they use to play. If a young child gets a sword they could easily poke their own eye or someone else's with it. Follow the age recommendations on each toy's package and never allow younger kids to play with an older child's stuff.
Chemicals on the Hands Can Get in the Eyes
It's extremely important to teach your children about proper hand-washing techniques. If you do use cleaning chemicals around the home, for example, then make sure both you and your kids are washing up afterwards. It's easy to rub your eyes while you're in the midst of cleaning. Chemicals left behind on the hands would then get rubbed into the eyes and cause blurred vision, stinging, or worse.
Screen Time Inhibits Vision
Most kids start on devices at a young age now. Your 2-year-old may even have a tablet you allow them to watch their favorite shows on or draw some pictures. These may seem like innocent fun, but screen time can actually inhibit vision. Any devices that emit blue light can endanger eyesight. Make sure your kids know how dangerous it is to continue to look at screens for hours on end and encourage them to take breaks often.
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month arrives in August. Now's the time to get started teaching your child about eye safety so they can maintain their vision even without your help. Healthy eye habits at a young age can lead to a continuation of these healthy habits as your children grow and become adults themselves. It's important for long-lasting vision.
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