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6 tips for you and your child's eye health

6 tips and facts about you and your kid's eye health

Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of a child’s development. Our partners at Coley and Coley Family Eye Care in Murfreesboro, Tenn., have some great tips and facts about children’s eye health. 

  1. Children’s eyes are more susceptible to UV radiation. Start early by getting your child, even as a baby, to wear sunglasses.
  2. Eighty percent of learning happens through a child’s eyes. One in four school-aged kids has a vision problem. A few symptoms of vision problems are:
      • Loses his or her place while reading.
      • Holds reading material closer than normal, tends to rub eyes and has headaches.
      • Turns or tilts head to use one eye only.
      • Uses finger to maintain place while reading.
      • Performs below potential.
3. Almost 600,000 sports and recreation related eye injuries occur each year. Ninety percent of these accidents can be prevented by wearing sports goggles to shield the eyes.

4. One of the most common problems children and adults suffer from is eyestrain from using a computer, TV and video games. A few symptoms of eyestrain are:
      • Blurry vision
      • Difficulty focusing at a distance.
      • Dry eyes
      • Headaches
      • Neck, back & shoulder pain

Remember to the 20, 20, 20 rule. Rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

5. Going green can project your eyes. Dark, leafy green veggies like spinach, kale or collards are key for eye health. Eating a balanced diet will help maintain a healthy weight, which lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

6. Eyes are a window into our overall health. A vision exam can detect high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, impending strokes, indicators for cancer and signs of multiple sclerosis.

Remember a yearly eye exam is important for all ages. 

Coley and Coley Family Eye Care partner with the Middle Tennessee Medical Center’s Mobile Health Unit to provide free vision screenings. For more information about Coley and Coley, please visit http://www.coleyandcoleyeyecare.com/. For more information about MTMC’s Mobile Health Unit and to find upcoming screenings, please visit http://www.mtmc.org/mobileHealth.php.

 

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