4 Tips To Protect Your Child's Vision

Dentist Blog

Your child's vision is very important. Vision is the way people get much of their information about the world around them. That's why it's crucial that you help your child take excellent care of their eyes. Here are four ways you can safeguard your child's sight:

1. Teach your child about sun safety.

The sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D. Unfortunately, it can also cause eye damage if you're not careful. Teach your children about the detrimental effects the sun can have on eyesight. Help your child get into the habit of protecting their eyes by wearing sunglasses outside. Make sure the sunglasses you purchase are coated with a substance that filters out ultraviolet rays. You can even make wearing sunglasses fun by purchasing colorful sunglasses that your child enjoys.

2. Look out for signs of myopia.

It's not uncommon for myopia, or nearsightedness, to develop in children from a young age. Adults often notice when their eyesight starts to deteriorate, but children have less frame of reference. Kids may not realize they need glasses until an adult points it out. You can help your child avoid undiagnosed myopia by watching for symptoms.

If your child complains of being unable to see the chalkboard in school, they may need glasses. Your child's teacher may also complain that they don't pay attention in class. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment for a pediatric eye doctor right away.

3. Visit a pediatric eye care center.

An eye doctor will be able to perform an eye exam on your child. This will help them diagnose nearsightedness or any other eye concern that's bothering your child. While children can visit a normal ophthalmologist, it's best to take your child to a pediatric eye care center. Pediatric eye care specialists have a lot of experience working with children. They will be able to put your child at ease, which can make the experience less frightening for small children.

4. Opt for glasses.

If your child needs corrective lenses to treat nearsightedness, glasses are probably a better choice. While there's technically no age requirement for contact lenses, young children may not be responsible enough to care for contacts. Contact lenses are medical devices, and if they're not cleaned and stored properly, they can cause eye infections. Start your child off with glasses. As they get older and more mature, you can have a conversation with their eye doctor about transitioning to contact lenses. 


17 June 2019

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.