SCHOOL HOLIDAY TIPS FOR KIDS' EYE CARE
With the end of term one on the horizon, it won’t be long until the first school holidays of the year arrive, accompanied by the task of keeping kids occupied, with some balance, including entertainment, rest and safety.
When thinking about keeping your child happy and healthy during the break, don’t forget to consider their eyes. As a less-obvious safety concern, eye care can fall by the wayside in the busy holiday period. However, kids can be exposed to a number of risks, ranging from fatigue to impact injury.
To celebrate the recent launch of Transitions® for Kids, here are Essilor’s top four tips for looking after children’s eyes in the holidays:
- Take small breaks from screens
With the extra free time that comes with school holidays, kids can end up spending more time on devices or in front of the TV than usual. It’s important to make sure children are taking breaks from screens, especially during any extended viewing. One way to help with this is to adopt the 20-20-20 rule, like popular parenting blogger School Mum. Every 20 minutes, your child should look up and focus on something more than 20 feet away (7 metres) for at least 20 seconds.
- Watch out for UV
It may be Autumn, but the risks of UV exposure are still present. When the heat of summer subsides, it can be easy to forget to equip your child with UV eye protection. Keep hats and sunglasses on hand for time outdoors. If your child wears glasses, Transitions® for Kids offers an easy solution – one pair of glasses that can be worn both indoors and out, meaning your child’s eyes are always protected. The photochromic lenses block 100% of UV as well as 85% of blue–violet light from the sun, when activated outside.
- Get an eye test
This is a great thing to build into your back to school routine. The oft-forgotten eye test can make a big difference in children’s ability to learn. Proactive testing for any issues with sight means that your child’s needs can be met earlier, and may save them from experiencing strain and stress. Seeking out a test can be particularly helpful if the first term of school had a few hiccups, ruling out issues with sight as a potential cause.
- Guard against physical injury
Research from the Lions Eye Institute shows that kid’s eye injuries are often associated with flying objects. School holidays can be full of all kinds of activities and environments, and while most are very safe, it’s worth keeping in mind the risk of physical injury. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it requires gloves, it probably requires glasses.
Taking steps to keep your child’s eyes safe in daily life can help with both their immediate wellbeing, and their long-term eye health. While the list of things to remember as a parent seems to be never ending, getting children into the habit of things like the 20-20-20 rule, and wearing sunglasses outside, will pay off in the long run.
For children that need glasses, Transitions® for Kids takes care of a range of safety needs, from fatigue to UV and blue light protection. Transitions® for Kids will also block flying objects up to speeds of 155m/sec.
When you next visit your optometrist, ask about Transitions® for Kids.
Remember: You can always consult your optician for advice on the best frame designs to match your look.