Did you know that July was JULeYe month? A month dedicated to raising the awareness of eye health – did you see it? (LOL note the pun!)
Vision loss like many health concerns only becomes an issue when you begin to experience it. Losing a key sense can be debilitating and can affect day to day life in an enormous way. From being able to read a book to driving a vehicle. Sight is often the overlooked sense in terms of regular health checks.
Good eye health starts with regular testing from a young age as eye disease is not just an affliction of the elderly.
Here are 5 tips for children’s eye health that as parents we can all encourage including carrots!
Be Eye Aware: Early detection and treatment is the best defence against eye disease. Symptoms to watch out for include rubbing of eyes, poor hand-eye co-ordination, lack of concentration and complaining of headaches, blurred or double vision;
Green is Great! Provide your child with a balanced, nutritious diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and yellow vegetables such as pumpkin and carrot will help to keep your child’s eyes healthy; yes carrots do help you see in the dark!
Hats Help: Make sure that your child always wears a broad‐brimmed hat when playing outside as this will reduce the amount of UV reaching your child’s eyes by up to half;
Specs Appeal: When in the sun, make sure your child wears sunglasses with UV to protect their eyes from damaging UV rays; Slip Slop Slap and WRAP on some sunnies is a great way to encourage our children to focus (yes another pun!)
Balls Galore: Encourage appropriate eye protection when your child is playing sports. Fast action sports such as tennis, hockey and cricket can provide some serious eye damage if the hand eye coordination is slightly off and there isn’t any protection!
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