When it comes to being a parent, we worry about everything from our children’s education to what they’re eating (and everything in between). One element that’s often overlooked however is the health of our children’s eyes, which is odd when you consider how important they are to an overall high quality of life, as well as helping children develop and grow in the modern world.
Luckily, keeping our children’s eyes healthy isn’t as hard as you might think, it just involves some diligence and following some simple steps. So, to help our all the parents out there with young children, here’s 3 easy way to help keep their eyes healthy:
- Regular check-ups
The most important thing you can do is ensure your children regularly get their eyes tested, even if everything seems absolutely fine. This will not only ensure any potential problems are picked up early and can be effectively treated, but often eye problems can be indicative of other health issues, including serious conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
Similarly, if corrective lenses are required, an optometrist will be able to advise you of the correct prescription. You then need to ensure this is applied to both their glasses and their sunglasses – it might sound like things could get expensive, but you don’t need to fork out on costly Prada or Oakley prescription sunglasses. As long as the lenses are the correct prescription, you can get cheaper frames that are safety-checked and of a good quality at a much lower price from numerous high-street retailers.
- Ensure a balanced, nutritious diet
It can be tough getting your children to eat healthy food, but it’s a crucial part of keeping their eyes healthy (as well as providing numerous other health and wellbeing benefits). Foods such as fish, leafy greens, eggs and corn contain numerous beneficial vitamins, fats and acids that can aid the development of the retina and help combat eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
- Limit their screen time
Another one that might seem tricky to achieve, but it’s well worth it when it comes to looking after their eyes. Prolonged screen time – whether it’s the television, laptop, mobile device or computer screen – can lead to eye strain, headaches and various other problems, as well as potentially impeding the development of their eyes when they’re very young. As a general rule, try to limit your children to 1-2 hours of screen time a day, as difficult as that might seem!