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Your Healthy Vision Timeline: Ages 1–20

Regardless of your age, healthy sight is a must for day to day activities. Vision Source doctors care about your complete eye health and the impact vision has on everything you do in life. We’re your lifelong vision health partners.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be addressing the vision needs and concerns of the following four age groups, starting today with “Your 1–20 Year Old Eyes”

25% Of Children Have Undiagnosed Vision Problems

Because an estimated 80% of school learning is accomplished through eyesight, having healthy vision is particularly important for children.  Sadly, one out of every four school-aged children has undiagnosed vision problems—and they may not even know it. There are even recent studies that indicate that ADHD is sometimes misdiagnosed when vision problems are the true culprit.

Regular Checkups Ensure Proper Development

The American Optometric Association recommends children get their first eye exam at 6 months, another at age 3 and one more before they start school. After these initial benchmarks, children should have checkups every two years unless otherwise specified. These eye exams will allow Vision Source doctors to catch vision problems early (such as lazy eye, crossed-eyes, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, etc.). Vision Source doctors can help be sure that your child doesn’t fall behind in learning by recommending corrective lenses, exercises, or other treatments.

Protect Children’s Eyes With These 3 Tips:

  • Feed your child a healthy balanced diet full of veggies. Dark green, orange and yellow vegetables help eye health.
  • Make sure your child wears a hat and or uv protected sunglasses. UV rays can be extremely harmful to eyes.
  • Ensure your child wears protective eyewear during sports. Dangerous eye injuries can occur otherwise. 

Share This Information With Someone You Know!

Whether or not you have children, you know someone who could benefit from this information. If it’s time for your child’s eye exam, find a Vision Source practice today. 

Top image by Flickr user Juan Camilo Trujillo used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Author Vision Source — Published November 27, 2014