Get your child outside
Sedentary lifestyles are becoming more and more common among children in developed countries, and they’re absolutely ruinous to eyes. But even if your kids only go outside to play with their smartphones, they’ll still be receiving some benefit, thanks to the effects of natural light.
Encourage physical exercise
Tip two goes hand-in-hand with tip one. Once you’ve won the first battle and gotten your kids into the great outdoors, it’s time to get them running around in it. Exercise is one of the best ways to keep kids from joining the increasing numbers of obese and overweight children, not to mention a great way to keep their eyes healthy as well, as weight problems can have some vicious effects on eyesight.
Teach proper dietary habits
Here’s one that parents have been struggling with for most of recorded history. Like adults, children tend to gravitate to food high in sugar, salt, and fat. Unlike adults, they don’t have a perfect understanding of why they should avoid it, and in fact are more than willing to scream themselves blue in order to get it. Believe it or not, though, the effort is worth it. Early diet habits tend to stick with people and getting kids accustomed to healthy foods can save their sight down the road.
Make sure to take them to a vision screening
Vision screenings have become more and more prevalent in the American school system. And while that’s good, they also provide a false sense of security for parents concerned about their child’s visual well-being. Most of these tests strictly check for visual acuity, only one part of the visual health puzzle. Children with accommodative disorders are particularly liable to slip through undetected. Headaches and eye strain are both natural consequences, and neither do much to enhance a student’s school experience.