August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Your child's eyes are important, and this is why August has become known as Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. Dedicating the month to children's eye health reminds parents across the U.S. to get their little ones' eyes checked before they go back to school.
You may not know your child has vision problems or could even need surgery on his eyes. That is why your child needs to see a pediatric ophthalmologist, a type of eye doctor who specializes in treating children. This doctor helps with:
- Eye exams
- Prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses
- Diagnosis and treatment of eye infections, eye inflammation or problems caused by conditions such as diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Surgery for problems such as weak blocked tear ducts, cataracts, droopy eyelids or uneven eyes
Some signs that your child may have vision problems include:
- Trouble seeing things that are only a few feet away
- Difficulty reading
- Sitting too close to the TV
- Constant redness of the eyes
- Constant tearing of the eyes
- Eyes sensitive to the light
If your child has vision trouble, he is not alone. Millions of children have some type of vision problem that requires medical treatment or glasses.