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Dealing With Your Child’s Eye Health

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When you have children, their health becomes one of the most important things that you have to consider. Whether it’s their diet or their general health, everything you do as a parent is to the benefit of your children.

One of the most important aspects of your child’s health is their eyes. Good vision is critical for your child’s success with some experts agreeing that 80% of what children learn is processed through the visual system. The ability to see clearly, along with the eyes maintaining adequate tracking skills to allow for comfortable reading at distance and near, is an essential tool for every child growing up.

With kids being kids, there are a number of risks to the health of their eyes. Young children get involved in all sorts of activities from playing football or sports with their friends, running around the house and even crafts or home projects. So, it’s important to understand how you can protect them best without having to worry too much.

Each year, thousands of children damage their eyes – some of which can even cause blindness – through simple accidents in the home or whilst they are out playing. Of course, prevention is always the best cure but when an accident does happen, it’s important that you know how to deal with it appropriately and don’t do further damage than has already been caused.

Here are some simple steps to follow if your child injures their eye:

Get an ophthalmologist or a doctor to examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first, as a serious injury is not always immediately obvious. Delaying medical attention can cause the damaged areas to worsen and could result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

Eye Injury Care

  • You should NEVER touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • If there is a foreign object in the eye , NEVER try to remove it yourself as this could potentially cause much more damage. Wait until a medical professional is able to assess the damage and take the correct course of action
  • If there is some small debris in the eye, try lifting the eye lid and ask your child to blink rapidly. Their tears that this produces may be able to flush out the debris. If this doesn’t work, ask your child to close the eye and seek treatment
  • Don’t apply any creams or medication to the eye, unless instructed to by a medical professional
  • If there is exposure to a chemical product, try to flush the liquid by using plenty of water and rinsing the eye. If this persists, seek further help from a medical professional

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