August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. It is also the time of year when kids are going back to school. Friedrichs Eye recommends that you add eye screenings to your children’s back-to-school routine along with their other required doctor visits for school physicals and immunizations. If this is your child’s first year of school in Illinois, it is required by law that you have your child screened by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. The screening must be performed within the period one year before the first day of school through October 15 of the child’s first school year. To make this easier on parents, Friedrichs Eye is offering free screenings to fulfill this state requirement! Not only will your child meet his or her school eye check-up requirement, you will have the peace of mind that your young scholar’s eyes will be healthy and sharp.
Your child’s back-to-school eye screening will ensure they will be able to see the board this year as well as make sure that any eye conditions they may have are detected early. The most common conditions affecting children’s vision include nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye, color blindness and astigmatism. When these conditions are diagnosed at an early age, treatment is more effective and long-term problems are less likely to be severe.
Prevention of eye injury is also important in maintaining your child’s eye health. It is important to take precautions such as ensuring they have proper sport and activity-specific eye protection and making sure that their toys are safe and age appropriate. If your child gets debris or chemicals in their eyes or sustains any other eye injury, seek medical attention immediately.
Contact Friedrichs Eye if you have questions about eye safety or wish to schedule a back-to-school eye screening.