Promoting Children’s Eye Health

Kids are back to school with all the necessary supplies. Fall sports are underway with all the required gear. It’s a positive start to the school year, ready to be the best one yet.Children's Safety Glasses

To make sure that happens, take time to consider your children’s eye health too since roughly 80% of what a child learns in school is information presented visually. Add to this the fact that there are 42,000 sports-related eye injuries each year, and the majority of them happen to children.

For these reasons, take time to promote good eye health for your children.

10 Ways to Promote Good Eye Health for Your Child

  1. See the pediatrician yearly. Experts agree that eye exams performed during well-child visits help detect problems with a child’s eye health, allowing for early treatment.
  2. Consider family history. Since nearsightedness, color blindness, and lazy eye (amblyopia) are often inherited, consider family history when assessing your children’s vision health.
  3. Get an eye exam before 1st grade. More than 12 million children suffer from vision impairment, that’s 25% of school-aged children with vision problems. Get your child’s first eye exam before entering 1st grade & then regularly after to help detect & treat impairments early.
  4. Let go of common myths. Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes and eating a lot of carrots will improve your eyesight are common myths about children’s eye health. Educate yourself about Children’s Eye Health Myths and Facts to make sure your efforts are focused in the best way possible.
  5. Understand the relationship between vision & learning. While the more obvious signs of vision problems in children, such as not being able to see the chalkboard, are usually detected fairly easily, learning-related vision problems often are not. Realizing that a child struggling in school may have a learning-related vision problem may be the key some parents need to truly helping their children succeed. Take time to understand types of learning-related vision problems and their symptoms, especially if your child seems to be struggling with no obvious reason why.
  6. Remember sports safety. Since the majority of sports-related eye injuries happen to children, wearing protecting eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities is a must. Make sure safety eyewear fits the child and the activity properly.
  7. Make sure kids wear sunglasses. Dr. Mark Borchert, division head of The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital LA says, “The lens of a child allows 70% more UV rays to reach the retina than in an adult. Learn the basics of sun safety to protect not only your child’s skin but eyes as well.
  8. Encourage a healthy diet. The best ways to do this include setting a good health example and make healthy options available at home, especially vegetables and dark leafy greens that contain many eye-healthy vitamins and minerals. In addition, talk to your doctor about a good multivitamin for children.
  9. Promote safety around the home. The Importance of Good Eye Safety Habits becomes clear when you realize that 45% of eye injuries happen in the home with many of those happening to children. Take time to be safe while working and playing at home, and this begins with having safety glasses available for everyone.
  10. Be aware of symptoms of vision problems. From poor performance in school and difficulty paying attention to headaches, eye pain and trouble seeing information on a chalk board, knowing the common symptoms of vision problems in children as well as their associated disorders can go a long way in detecting and treating problems early.

Children can’t always tell if there is something wrong with their eyes. They simply accept what they see as normal. Having parents who educate themselves on children’s eye health is important for detecting and treating vision problems early. In addition, taking steps to ensure good eye health through diet and safety measures adds another level of protection for a lifetime of healthy vision.

Promoting Youth Sports Safety

Youth FootballNo one likes sustaining a sports injury. But worse yet, especially for a parent, is when a child gets injured. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to prevent this sometimes heart-dropping experience. And with April being Youth Sports Safety Month, now is a great time to look at how to prevent sports injury in our youth.

First, parents must realize that rarely do kids think they will get injured. If anything, our children believe they are invincible and beyond any serious injury. This realization makes the point that youth safety must start with parents and coaches. Kids are concerned about having fun while playing sports. Our job is to make sure they learn how to be safe doing it.

The following 10 suggestions will help you in your efforts to promote Youth Sports Safety.

  1. Think prevention. Proper equipment, hydration and conditioning team up to prevent the majority of sports injuries.
  2. Go organized. Utilize the organized sports programs in your area. They usually have coaches who are educated in and promote the importance of sports safety.
  3. Protect eyes. Often a forgotten piece of equipment, protective sports eyewear can not only prevent serious injury from impact, it can also protect eyes from sunburn (Yes, your eyes can get sunburn).
  4. Get evaluated. If an injury does take place, especially one involving the head and neck, see a physician as soon as possible, making sure to get the okay before returning to sports activities.
  5. Learn the rules. Knowing the rules of a specific sport can go a long way to reducing and eliminating injury. The rules are in place not only to bring structure to sports, but safety as well.
  6. Avoid overuse. Many sports now have year-round training programs. For this reason overuse injuries can become a big problem and one that often does not show up until adulthood. Be sure children cross train and get variety in their exercise.
  7. Get a good fit. Safety equipment can actually be harmful if it doesn’t fit properly. While hand-me-downs may save money in expensive sports gear, that savings may disappear into expensive health care for an injury if the gear does not fit properly. Choosing children’s safety glasses that are made to fit smaller faces is one example.
  8. Consider the elements. Heat can cause dehydration more quickly. Sunburn can sideline. Lightning can cause tragedy. Know the expected weather conditions, and be prepared with appropriate protection and alternate plans.
  9. Insist on rest. Make sure kids get regular time off to let their bodies rest and recuperate. Also make sure they get adequate sleep regularly. Depending on their age and activity level, kids need anywhere from 8-12 hours a sleep every night.
  10. Remember RICE. When an injury does take place, remember Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation as the first line of defense for treating most sports injuries.

Healthline reports that over 20 million kids participate in sports every year and about a million of those suffer serious injury. Healthline also report the following facts regarding those injuries:

  • Sports-related injury accounts for 41% of musculoskeletal injuries in kids age 5-21 years.
  • Most sports injuries occur in 13 year olds.
  • Sprains, strains, overuse injuries and fractures are the most common youth sports injuries.
  • Basketball, track, baseball, gymnastics, and swimming are the most common sports seeing overuse injuries.
  • 300,000 brain injuries per year are sports related.
  • 20% of football players sustain traumatic brain injuries.
  • 8% of spinal cord injuries are sports injuries.
  • Children are especially vulnerable to extremes of temperature, which has led to death from heat stroke.

In addition to the above tips, a variety of excellent resources exist online for preventing youth sports injuries. Those resources include Stop Sports Injuries and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. Use these and the many other resources available to keep our kids healthy and strong and to help them enjoy playing sports for a lifetime.

Make Eye Safety Your Goal During Sports Injury Prevention Month

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The kids are back in school, signaling an end to the lazy days of summer and the start of school sports events. With obesity rates rising, it’s more important than ever to encourage kids to stay active and play a team sport. Yet, September reminds us of the need to also ensure our children wear Sports Safety Glasses – after all, it’s Sports Injury Prevention Month. With the National Health Interview Study reporting that 84.6% of children do not wear adequate kid’s safety glasses, protecting our children’s vision is absolutely imperative during school sports.

We can’t think of a school sport that wouldn’t be safer wearing safety glasses – even golf comes with inherent dangers in being hit by errant ball or sand flying up when trying to hit that ball out of a sand trap. In fact, 600,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year, with the Prevent Blindness America organization finding that 90% of those eye injuries could be prevented with appropriate sports safety glasses.

Here’s our tried and true ways to encourage your child to wear protective eyewear:

  1. Parents, take the initiative. In most cases, your child is going to look to you to when it comes to purchasing kid’s safety glasses. You’ll need to only spend a few minutes in our Children’s Safety Glasses section to find effective and affordable safety glasses for your child.
  2. But let your child choose. What’s the secret to ensuring your child actually wears the safety glasses you purchased for him or her? Let your kid choose their favorite! We have stylish Pink Kid’s Safety Glasses for the girls and Smoke Lens Safety Glasses for the boys, just two styles among all the ANSI Z87.1 certified children’s safety glasses in our collection.
  3. Spread the word. As you chat with other parents at your child’s sports games, talk to them about the importance of eye safety during Sports Injury Prevention Month, and all year round. We bet they’ll want to make sure their kids stay safe too – and the more kids on the playing field wearing sports safety glasses, the more likely your child will be to wear them.

Whether your child is in a high eye-risk sport like basketball, baseball, softball, or lacrosse, or a moderate-risk sport like water polo, boxing, or martial arts, it’s important that you make sure your child has the appropriate children’s safety glasses. As parents, we worry about the safety of our kids and all the unknown risks of modern life. By choosing Sport’s Safety Glasses, you can finally prevent a known safety risk for your child.