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Keep Your Toddler's Eyes Safe

By Brandi Goodman 

August has been deemed Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. Now's the time to start exploring the best ways to keep your toddler's eyes safe from all the dangers in the world. From keeping the sun out of their eyes, to avoiding too much screen time, you should do what you can to promote healthy eye habits from a young age that they can follow throughout their lifetime. 

Get Them Sunglasses

If you're outside with the sun in your eyes and you need to pull out some sunglasses, the same goes for your toddler. Actually, they may need them even more. A young child is going to be more likely to look up at the sun without understanding the consequences of doing so. There are small, child-sized versions of sunglasses you can get. If your kiddo isn't capable of keeping them on, you can buy a pair with a strap that goes around their head and holds the glasses in place. It will help to keep the sunlight out of their eyes, which can be damaging to vision over time. 

Limit Screen Time

Staring at a screen for hours is not good for the eyes. Whether your child is looking at a television or tablet, they're going to get lots of blue light that is detrimental to their vision. Make sure to limit screen time -- or at the very least get them blue light glasses to wear that can help to filter some of the harmful effects. 

Keep Toys Age-Appropriate

It's best to buy toys for your tots that are appropriate for their age. You should find soft objects and light items that they're less likely to hurt themselves with. Don't get them anything that has sharp points that could make it easy to poke their eye. 

Help Them Wash Their Hands Often

A major culprit of eye troubles among children is bacteria. Young kids can't wash their hands properly on their own. When they touch their eyes with dirty hands, it makes it easy for bacteria to spread and the eyesight to become compromised. Help your kiddos wash their hands for 20 full seconds, and be sure they're washing often. It's also best to wipe their eyes with a soft cloth if you see them rubbing their eyes with their hands. 

Your child's eye safety matters from the start. Always make sure to keep their eyes protected so their vision can remain as good as possible for as long as possible. With these tips in mind, you should be able to do what you can to keep their eyesight intact. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kingwood, Tex.

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