A few years ago Lily began complaining to us that she was struggling to see the board at school. Because one of her friends had recently gotten glasses and I knew Lily thought they were cool, I promptly ignored her. Until she started complaining of headaches as well and then I made her first eye appointment.
Low and behold her vision was quite awful. Mom fail! She had oh so many opinions when it came to her glasses and rocks these super stylish hipster frames like nobody’s business. In fact, glasses are so cool right now that many companies sell them with fake lenses just so the sighted can get in on the trend. Oh how times have changed since the days when I was teased for being “four eyed.”
Thursday, October 10th is World Sight Day and in preparation, I was able to sit in on a very informative conference call with the Vision Council to learn all about vision related issues. Some of the things I learned were quite surprising and I have a feeling we all could do a little bit better job of taking care of this important window to the world (the eyes process 36,000 bits of information every hour!!!!).
Did you know that The American Optometric Association recommends infants receive their first eye exam at 6 months and again at 3 and 5-6 years old. Your school age children should be seen every 2 years. And for children with eyeglasses, it is recommended to be examined annually. For adults, two years is a good rule of thumb. Of course if you notice any issues (like your child complaining daily that they can’t see the board……), you should consult and eye doctor right away.
Did you know that your eyes can get sunburned? And not just in the summer either. Actually snow is incredibly reflective so your whole family should really be wearing sunglasses year round. UV damage is cumulative and can cause permanent vision problems. The big relief is that when it comes to UV protection for our eyes it isn’t about price. It is about glasses that offer UVA/UVB protection. Plus, what is cuter than kids in sunglasses?
Did you know that 70% of adults experience eye strain when they are using their digital devices. I can pretend that I don’t let my kids play excessively on digital devices, today would prove otherwise. So outside of limiting time on our devices, we should help our children with the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
I know there are a whole lot of things to worry about and stay on top of as parents. I will admit I have not always stayed on top of eye health. Learning about vision health has reminded me just how important it is. Check out The Vision Council and Think About Your Eyes for more information.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Motherhood and The Vision Council. As usual all opinions are mine.