Back to school eyecare tips for kids

Making sure your child is ready to go back to school is important, especially when it comes to their vision. Good eyesight is a crucial part of the learning process so it’s essential their eyes are in top condition.

Follow our guide below to make sure your child can fulfill their learning potential.

Know the signs

Reading difficulties is one sign that could indicate vision problems.

Squinting, headaches, sitting closer to the television or board at school, as well as holding smartphones and tablets closer, and an unwillingness to read, could indicate there is a problem with their vision.

Limit screen time

Excessive screen time can cause the eye muscles to strain, thus causing fatigue. In fact, studies have suggested prolonged exposure to digital screens could potentially be contributing to the rising prevalence of short sightedness in children.

Try to encourage your child to spend time outside. By experiencing natural light levels and objects at various distances, their eyes will get a much-needed workout and they will learn to adapt their vision rather than spending the majority of their time focusing on near vision tasks.

Encourage a healthy diet

A nutrient-rich diet full of fruit and vegetables can help keep vision healthy and eye problems at bay.

Vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 fatty acids are all essential for the eyes, while lutein and zeaxanthin protect them from free-radicals. These nutrients can be found in leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, oily fish, citrus fruits, and, you guessed it, carrots!

Choosing glasses

Should your child need glasses, letting them choose their own frames will mean they are more likely to feel confident and enjoy wearing them.

Our opticians in Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Grange-Over-Sands all stock a range of spectacles including a selection of children’s designer glasses specially designed for children’s faces. Many include soft nose pads for extra comfort and sprung hinges to withstand active lifestyles.

Regular eye tests

Children should have at least one eye exam a year, starting from age 4, unless they show signs of vision problems beforehand.

 

With the new academic year looming, it’s good to book a test as soon as possible. That way, you can rest assured your child will have the best possible start to the new term.

Contact Bagot Opticians today for a children’s eye test in Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Grange-Over-Sands.

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