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Back to School : 3 Simple Tips to Prepare Your Kids’ Eyes

Back-To-School Eye Care Tips

Comprehensive Eye Exams
Although schools do their best to provide vision screenings for students covering color blindness and ability to see from a distance, parents are highly encouraged to seek out a comprehensive eye exam through their local eye doctor. These tests analyze how well the eyes work together, inspect overall vision health and identify visual issues that may require immediate attention – vital steps in preventative, long-term eye care.

It’s vital to schedule an annual eye exam, as uncorrected vision problems can impact your child’s ability to learn and interact with the world around them.

Digital Eyestrain
Straining to see the whiteboard in the classroom is not the only issue students face with back-to-school; digital eyestrain from computers, cell phones and tablets are also cause for concern.

Consider these three simple tips to minimize digital eyestrain:

  • Observe the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  • Use the High Five test – hold your arm outstretched in front of you, palm facing out (like a high five) and that’s the perfect distance for your computer screen.
  • Remember to blink! Staring at digital screens can lead to dry eyes and blinking is an easy way to combat this issue.

Also, if your child wears glasses, talk to your eye doctor about lenses with an anti-reflective coating to help reduce the glare that can reflect off digital screens.

E-SPF
With many outdoor sports and activities that come during back-to-school, it’s important to remember to protect eyes from UV rays. The E-SPF (eye-sun protection factor) rating follows a simple pattern, the higher the rating, the better UV protection to the eyes. The index ranges from zero to 25 for every day, clear corrective lenses and from zero to 50 for polarized sunglass lenses. To learn more about E-SPF visit www.espf.com.

In addition to these three tips for back-to-school eye health, parents are encouraged to watch for certain behaviors.  Many times, children don’t realize they have an eye issue and will begin squinting, rubbing their eyes frequently, sitting too close to computer or television screens and even complaining of headaches. If your child is showing any of these behaviors, find an eye doctor near you and schedule an exam.