Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

/ 31/08/2012 /

eye healthIt's back-to-school time! So much learning is done visually – so get your kids’ eyes checked as part of your regular school preparation activities.

Join Re:sourxe by Sodexo as we observe Children's Eye Health and Safety Month in partnership with Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO).

Nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Of children ages 3 to 5, close to one in 20 has a problem that could result in permanent vision loss if left untreated. The AAO estimates that 80 percent of preschoolers do not receive vision screenings.

“Helping to protect children’s eyes from unnecessary vision loss is what Prevent Blindness America was founded on more than 100 years ago,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America said in a press release released last month.  “We want to work together with parents today to ensure all children are on the path to a lifetime of healthy vision.”

What Parents Need To Look Out For

Pediatric wellness exams should include eye checks for children. At home, parents should be aware of the following three areas concerning children’s eyes.

1. Appearance of children’s eyes

·       Is one eye crossed, wandering, or looking outward?

·       Are they red-rimmed, crusted, or swollen?

·       Are they watery or red?

·       Are eyelids drooping?

2. Behaviors

·       Rubs eyes a lot?

·       Closes or covers one eye when looking at things?

·       Tilts or thrusts head forward to see?

·       Has trouble reading and other close-up work?

·       Holds objects close to see?

·       Squints eyes or frowns?

·       Blinks more than usual or seems cranky doing close-up work?

·       Squints eyes or frowns?

·       Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects

·       Describing completely different colors for objects and pictures

3. Things children say

Sometimes, children will come out and say when they’re having problems with vision. They may say things like:

·       “My eyes are itchy” or “My eyes feel scratchy”

·       “My eyes are burning”

·       “Everything looks blurry”

Or, after working on something close-up:

·       “I feel dizzy”

·       “I feel sick” or “I feel nauseous”

·       “I have a headache”

Parents and teachers are on the front lines when it comes to detecting vision problems. 

On Children’s Eye Safety

More than 12 million children suffer from vision impairment, and eye injuries are one of the leading causes of vision loss in children. There are an estimated 42,000 sports-related eye injuries each year and the majority of them happen to children.

Children should:

  • Wear protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities
  • Play with are age-appropriate toys
  • Avoid toys with sharp or protruding parts

Resourxe by Sodexo and Resourxe Kids provides a hospital retail solution that is in line with promoting children’s eye health by offering products that keep children’s eye safety in mind. Resourxe stores only stock developmental toys and items that have clear labels of age appropriateness, and all products conform to or surpass safety, environmental, and quality standards.