Today I have Hilary again sharing an amazing infographic for us. Many people think that eye health isn’t that important, but the truth it is very important. It is important to spot any potential problems in kids early on so it can get corrected. It is also important to know the changes that your eyes can go through as you get older.
When we bring an adorable life into the world, that bond is unbreakable, but direct communication with them doesn’t happen for quite some time. This can make things like spotting injuries or diseases difficult when the person you’re examining can’t speak for themselves.
When it comes to our invaluable vision, there’s a plethora of possible problems we can avoid if we’re vigilant, especially when it comes to our infants and toddlers. While some symptoms can be visually obvious, others can be more difficult to identify when it comes to their eyesight.
By the time a baby is three months old, their vision and eyeballs should be stabilized and they begin to work together as a team. This is the time you should be making sure they’re properly aligned, not crossed or appear as though they’re drifted apart. If either of these are apparent, take them to see a qualified eye care professional immediately.
While instances of infant or childhood cataracts (referred to as congenital cataracts) are rare, they still occur in around 0.4% of births and parents should be aware of this possibility. Look for cloudiness around their eye’s lenses, near and around the pupil and retina. If you see something suspicious, get them checked as soon as possible.
Again, since they can’t speak to us, it can be difficult to tell if they are having problems with their vision. Look for some of these signs that they could be struggling with their eyesight:
- Holding objects too close to their face
- Excessive blinking
- Mobiles and other distractions don’t gather their attention
- They rub their eyes too often
When detected and treated early, the vast majority of eye issues can be resolved, treated or improved with corrective lenses or contacts. For more information on eye care for the whole family, check out this infographic, “From Cradles to Cataracts.”
Hillary Smith is a freelance journalist who specializes in telecommunications and digital parenting techniques. She loves all things tech and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t peek her interest. When she’s not spoiling her English bulldog, Chauncey, you can find her in a yoga class.
Check out Hilary’s other guest post on Disappearing Apps and Your Teens.