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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Eye Health and Safety for Children

Since August is the month when most children return to school, it makes sense that it is also Children’s Eye Health and Safety month. In addition to buying school supplies such as notebooks and pencils, children should also be getting a comprehensive eye exam before heading back to school.

Why Are Eye Exams Important for Children Before School?

Children who are in school are being taught visually almost every day. If they have any undetected eye sight problems it can be extremely harmful to their education. If children cannot see things that are written on the board, they are not able to perform the best they can in the classroom. These eyesight problems can also negatively affect the way children play sports if they cannot see everything clearly.

Children can also be experiencing other eye health problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, drooping eyes and even color blindness. To children these problem can be embarrassing and can impact their self esteem and therefore their overall school year. By making a comprehensive eye exam for your children before heading back to school, these eyesight and eye health problems can be addressed and your children can have a productive and beneficial school year.

How to Prevent Eye Injuries

Eye safety is just as important as your children’s eye health. It’s inevitable that children play rough with each other and will fall and can easily get hurt. Ensuring that these injuries do not involve the eyes is very important for your children’s eye health. The eyes are delicate and also extremely important so keeping them safe should be also.

Here are some ways you can help your children prevent eye injuries:

  • Keep cleaning products out of reach of children since they contain dangerous chemicals that can harm the eyes.
  • Buy toys that meet the safety standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials. (Avoid use of sharp toys such as swords, darts, etc.)
  • Keep children away from any type of fireworks.
  • When participating in sports or recreational activities, eye protection should be worn by children.

How can Health Insurance Help?

With eye health and safety being so important, so is visiting the eye doctor to ensure your eye health is up to par. Before your children head back to school schedule an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as you can. Before you make an appointment, it is important to make sure that you check your health insurance policy to find out if your child’s eye examination will be covered. If your policy doesn’t cover eye care, you could end up covering the full cost of a visit to your eye doctor out of your own pocket.

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