From the time, I was almost 8 years old and in need of my first pair of glasses, I became we’ll versed in eye glass needs.
My very first pair of glasses was a little pair of pink glasses with Lucy from Peanuts on the side of the arms of the glasses.
Oh how I loved them so. Even though nowadays they would be considered out of date and definitely not in fashion. It all started for me with my second grade teacher telling my parents at a parent teacher conference that I was having trouble seeing the black board and even squinting to see it.
Many years of eye exams, glasses, contacts later and finally for my 22 birthday, my grandparents gifted me with LASIK surgery to correct my very bad near sighted vision. See at this point, I had 20/500 vision in both eyes and could not see the alarm clock less then 2 feet away from me on my night table clearly without my glasses when I would wake in the morning.
The LASIK left me with 20/20 vision in both eyes and no longer in need for glasses. But then, I met Kevin who also had poor vision being near sighted. He still wore glasses and actually still does.
So from all of my own, as well as my husband’s, vision issues over the years, we more then know and embrace the importance of regular eye tests for us and our family. At Emma’s 4 year old checkup, she had her vision tested and right now has 20/20 vision. And Lily right now also seems to have 20/20 vision, too.
But children, in general, are energetic and seemingly invincible, toughing out skinned knees, loose teeth, chicken pox and other childhood health issues without so much as a blink. With this sort of resilience, eye health can be neglected or overlooked entirely, as the effects of eye damage or vision problems in young people often depend entirely on children themselves speaking up about them. Eye exams give parents the ability to detect issues before they impact short term things like schoolwork – children that have trouble seeing the board often struggle with tests and homework on that material – or long term vision complications through adulthood.
Help In Healing Vision
A bit of blurriness, squinting here and there – these things may not seem like a big deal in the moment, but inside your child’s eyes, their ocular muscles, tendons and nerve centres are working very hard to compensate for the problem. This can lead to stress on components such as the retina during crucial growth years, leaving the eyes more vulnerable to additional vision and health issues as your child ages. Even if your child is reluctant to admit to the fact that they’re having trouble seeing clearly, don’t let their concern over new glasses looking “uncool” sway you from advocating for their vision health. Simply remind them that there are loads of stylish prescription glasses to choose from, and that getting their eyes checked and vision adjusted – if necessary – is a lot more “cool” than struggling with sight issues as an adult.
More Than You Can See
While checkups naturally focus on determining the need for a pair of prescription glasses, they are also an excellent way to spot other “red flags” when it comes to health problems. As Doctor Sanjay Gupta discussed with Piers Morgan on CNN’s health website, there has been discussion in the medical community about the use of eye scans to support diagnosis of diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. Routine family eye exams also help spot diabetic complications and help serve as indicators of a great deal of other diseases, such as high blood pressure, cancer and even some rare forms of arthritis as children grow into their teenage years and beyond.
Save The Date
Much like dentistry or physical checkups, vision assessments are most helpful when they’re scheduled annually, as opposed to reactively when a problem pops up. Many especially difficult non-trauma eye issues are easy to detect and mitigate if they’re caught early, so don’t wait until symptoms progress to encourage your children to care for their eyes. Once they’ve been given the all-clear or fitted with a pair of prescription glasses by an optician, you’ll both be able to breathe a sigh of relief and look towards a brighter future of eye health.
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