You are here


LOOKING AFTER YOUNG EYES

Good vision is vital to a child’s well being, learning and
development. Here are some signs to look out for.

STEPS TO PROTECT
YOUNG EYES

There are some important steps you can take to help look after your child’s eyes:

Look after their well-being: Just as for adults, a balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for maintaining healthy eyes and good vision.

Monitor their sight: Unlike most adults, children need eye tests at least every year – especially during school age when their vision can change frequently. Read more about regular eye tests.

Keep their sight corrected: If your children wear glasses, make sure they wear them at all times. Especially at school, so that they can see what’s happening in class, and join in physical activity.

Mind the sun: Children spend a lot of time playing outdoors, so their eyes are susceptible to UV damage. Make sure they wear sunglasses with a high E-SPF* when out in the sun.

Limit screen time: Kids love playing on computers and tablets. This exposes their eyes to blue light, so keep sessions to no more than 45 minutes. Encourage the 20-20-20 rule to help prevent eyestrain: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at objects 20 feet away.
 

SIGNS OF A 
PROBLEM

  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Holding items too close to their face
  • Losing track while reading
  • Frequent blinking and eye-rubbing
  • Squinting, head-tilting or closing one eye when trying to focus
  • One eye turning in or out
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Teary eyes
  • A sudden downturn in performance at school
  • Reluctance to join in physical activity

ALL ABOUT CHILDREN’S VISION

Did you know that 1 out of 4 children do not see well in school? Learn about children’s vision here

PROTECTING
YOUNG EYES

Because of their lifestyle, children are more exposed than adults to light.

Their eyes are not yet fully developed, so they are less protected from the harmful effects of UV and blue-violet light.

  • young-eyes-uv-exposure
  • young-eyes-sunglasses
  • young-eyes-blue-light
  • young-eyes-blue-light-devices

PROTECTING
YOUNG EYES

Because of their lifestyle, children are more exposed than adults to light.

Their eyes are not yet fully developed, so they are less protected from the harmful effects of UV and blue-violet light.

COMMON
CONDITIONS

A number of eye conditions are prevalent in children. Some of the most common conditions to look out for are listed below.

LAZY EYE (AMBLYOPIA)

If your child has a squint or a droopy eyelid then they could have 'lazy eye‘. Regular eye examinations will ensure early diagnosis and suitable course of treatment.

Learn more

Squint (Strabismus)

Known as 'cross eyes', one eye looks straight ahead, and the other looks away. If spotted early, wearing a patch for a period of time will help to correct the problem.

Learn more

Astigmatism

If your child is confused when reading, they could have astigmatism (blurred vision). Some simple reading exercises can be done to test their vision.

Learn more

Long-sightedness (Hyperopia)

Your child will see objects at a distance quite clearly, but will struggle to focus when they are close up. Your child will probably complain of headaches and eye fatigue as they strain to see.

Learn more

SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS (MYOPIA)

If your child is struggling to see the board at school, or sits very close to the television, then it is likely that they are finding it difficult to focus on objects at a distance.

Learn more
 

FIND AN
OPTICAL STORE

Visit one from our
extended network today

*E-SPF® is a global index rating the overall UV protection of a lens. ESPF® was developed by Essilor International and endorsed by 3rd party experts. Lens performance only. The E-SPF® index excludes direct eye exposure that depends on external factors (wearer’s morphology, frame shape, position of wear).