As a parent keeping your child’s eyesight in good and healthy condition is extremely important and you would be happy to know, that there are many things you can do to ensure that this happens.
What can you do to protect your child’s eyesight?
- Eat healthy while you are pregnant and even after. Set a good example of eating healthy for your children.
- Provide them with nutritious meals rich in fruits, vegetables and up to 12 ounces of fish a week to help eyesight.
- Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants and lutein are related to good eye health.
- Provide your child with age-appropriate toys that are free from sharp edges.
- Give your child toys that encourage visual development.
- Watch your baby for signs that their eyes are cross or turned out.
- Look out for cloudiness or haziness in pupil.
- Provide them with sun protection when they are outdoors, especially if they happen to have light coloured eyes.
- Take your child for regular eye examinations and vision tests.
How to encourage good eyesight development in children
To help your baby develop good eyesight:
- Place toys within focus of your baby’s eyes, only 8 to 12 inches away.
- Encourage your baby to crawl. This helps develop hand-eye coordination.
- Talk to your baby as you move around the room to encourage his or her eyes to follow you.
- Hang a mobile above or outside of your baby’s crib.
- Give your baby toys to hold and visualize.
Make sure that the baby is following objects with their eyes. If their hand and eye coordination seems incorrect or delayed, speak to your doctor. Some good examples of visually stimulating toys that you can give them include;
- Building or linking blocks
- Stringing beads
- Drawing tools like pencils, chalk, crayons, and markers
- Finger paints
- Modeling clay
How often should you test your child’s eyesight?
Experts have different opinions on vision screening and exams for children. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for your child.