Vision is a learned skill that develops over time, starting from infancy. Babies begin to focus on objects within a few months and continue to refine their visual abilities throughout childhood.
Regular eye exams are crucial for children, even if they do not display any apparent vision problems. These exams can detect and address issues such as refractive errors, lazy eye (amblyopia), or eye misalignment (strabismus).
Infants should undergo their first comprehensive eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age to assess eye health and ensure proper visual development.
Excessive screen time can strain children's eyes and potentially contribute to digital eye strain. It's important to encourage breaks and limit screen time to promote healthy vision.
Children should wear protective eyewear, such as safety goggles or sunglasses, when engaging in activities that could potentially harm their eyes, such as sports or outdoor play.
Watch for signs that may indicate vision problems in children, including frequent eye rubbing, squinting, holding objects too closely, or complaining of headaches or blurred vision.
Ensure that children have adequate lighting when reading or doing close work to minimize eye strain. They should also maintain a proper distance and posture while reading or using electronic devices.
Educate children about eye safety, including avoiding pointing or throwing objects at the eyes, not looking directly at the sun, and using caution with sharp objects or chemicals.