The importance of keeping our children’s eyes healthy

They say our eyes are the windows to our soul. I’m not usually one to fall for such gumption as realistically they are globular organs, filled with lots of fascinating little bits & pieces, placed into the eye socket of your head allowing you the gift of sight.

I studied the anatomy of mammals when I was studying for my Animal Science module in University – the eyes, in particular, are amazing organs & the sclera specifically {the white part of your eye} is very tough – that when it came round to dissecting one, we got a taste of just how tough it is. 

The fact that we can physically see due to light passing through parts of our eyes, that light being bent via the lens and all the signals being sent to the brain to process what it is that we are actually looking at is just….insane. I doubt I’ll never not be fascinated by science. 

Our children’s eyes are continually growing and evolving as they get older which is why protecting them is so important. Because, if you don’t look after your kid’s eye health then they can get damaged and you may even need to consider treatments such as laser eye surgery.

There are so many ways to care for your children’s eye health and here are a few ways to do that.

For example;

  • When out in the sunshine, protect your children’s eyes from the high UV exposure with sunglasses.
  • Thankfully my children haven’t experienced or developed any health issues regarding their eyes. However, that doesn’t stop me from taking them to an annual eye exam at our local opticians. 
  • Reducing their screen time, and even when they do have screen time, perhaps consider changing the filter on your screen/tablet to the blue light filter. It’s less harsh on the eyes.
  •  Perhaps making sure if your child already wears glasses that they have the anti-glare feature on them. Helping them with any light glares from school equipment such as projectors or whiteboards etc.

It’s amazing how many ways there are to help you protect and nurture your children’s eye health. I didn’t even know about the blue light filter on my own phone nevermind the children’s PC monitors or tablets. So 

Do you have other ways to protect & care for your children’s eyes? I’d love to hear them in the comments. 

*This is a collaborative post. 

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8 Comments

  1. 24/09/2017 / 6:26 PM

    These are really good tips. I try to limit screen time where possible and make sure all wear sunglasses when it is sunny to avoid damage to the retina. We also try to eat certain types of foods that can help with eye health.

  2. hxanou
    25/09/2017 / 10:18 AM

    ooh super helpful! I wish i’d known these tips when younger – maybe I wouldnt have to wear glasses as much! haha

  3. 25/09/2017 / 10:33 AM

    Annual eye tests and wearing sunglasses when out in the sun are great tips for children – it’s so important to look after their eyes!

  4. 25/09/2017 / 10:35 AM

    Some great tip and ones that will help in the future. Limited screen time is a big one and I’m hoping that we can keep our LO away from the TV but in a world of technology it might be a bit harder. I didn’t know about the blue light feature

  5. 25/09/2017 / 10:37 AM

    This is such a good post, I have always worn sunglasses, even through winter when the sun isn’t at its brightest and I have regular eye tests too x

  6. 25/09/2017 / 1:43 PM

    I only just learnt that our eyes (especially children’s too) are more sensitive to UV damage than our skin even! So always be prepared and wear sunglasses!

  7. 26/09/2017 / 3:40 PM

    Totally agree with all of the tips you’ve included within this post. Their eyes are so delicate and I always worry about them getting damaged.

    Louise x

  8. Fatima
    26/09/2017 / 11:22 PM

    It is extremely important to keep the eyes of the children protected and safe from anything that may cause a negative impact on them. I was told that eating almonds regularly really helps.

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