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Like all parents between dental checkups, doctor’s exams, and everything else we do to keep our kids healthy, it’s easy to forget about our children’s vision. Did you know that according to the American Optometric Association, vision plays an important role in how well children perform in outdoor games and sports? Playing catch in the backyard or participating in team sports at school requires clear distance vision, good depth perception, wide field of vision and effective eye-hand coordination.
Working with Visionworks to share the news of their partnership with Little League and and their new line (check out some of the frames my son is sporting in the pics below) I have become aware of these and more important facts when it comes to my children’s eye health that are certainly worth sharing!
What Parents Need to Do Keep Their Children’s Eyes Healthy
An annual eye exam is one of the most important diagnostic and preventative measures you can take to protect your vision and health. (Did you know the American Optometric Association suggests two eye exams by age 5 and every year from 5-19) Some common signs your child may be having eye problems are:
- Holding books close to face when reading
- Eyes pointing in different directions
- Twisting or tilting of the head to favor one eye
- Complaints of headaches and dizziness
- Blurred or double vision
- Frequent blinking or rubbing of eyes
- Inability to judge distance properly (bumping into things)
- Poor school and athletic performance
- Children may be more susceptible to UV rays than adults and need protection.
Some important tips a parent should consider before you send your child out to play:
- UV rays are greatest when the sun is at its highest in the sky between 10 am and 4pm.
- Exposure is greatest from May through August in the United States.
- UV levels are greater in wide open spaces, especially when highly reflective surfaces are present, like snow and sand.
- The polarization of light occurs when light is reflected off of certain surfaces such as snow, cement and water. Polarized lenses reduce glare, provide 100% protection from harmful UV rays, increase visual acuity and decrease eye strain. Some important facts about polarized light protection are
- Children can benefit greatly from polarized lenses because they are frequently exposed to considerable sources of reflected glare and harmful UV rays during outdoor activities
- Getting into the routine of wearing protective sunglasses should begin at a young age and is encouraged as a life-long habit.
- Prescription sunglasses are available for children with corrective lenses to help protect their eyes. Trivex and Transitions lenses are also excellent choices.
The good news is that you and your little athlete can shop all the cool Nike Frames my son is sporting and check out the latest deals at Visionworks here.
In this pic above Jackson is sporting the NIKE 5538 (Black) $179.95 frames you can get at Visionworks Nike style permeates these kids’ frames with contemporary black and lime green color details throughout. The Nike swoosh adorns the temples, and spring hinges assure a comfortable fit.
In this pic above Jackson in sporting the NIKE 5509 (Blue) $179.95 frames you can get at Visionworks This Nike frame stands out with a translucent, blue front and stripped temples. Spring hinges make them fun and comfortable to wear all day long.
Three other cool frames pictured above include: NIKE 5538 (Grey) $179.95 These colorful frames have a translucent gray frame front paired with translucent, matte red temples for a look that really pops. Spring hinges allow for a more comfortable fit.
NIKE 5574 (Satin Black) $179.95 These sophisticated frames feature color blocked temples with dark and light gray, and a satin-finished, black metal frame for a classiclook. Spring hinges allow for greater comfort throughout the day.
NIKE 5532 (Black) $179.95 Boys will say WOW when they see this designer frame! It has a matte black, super-hero front, but the translucent temples make a statement in volt yellow. Interior tips have a pattern of dots that help keep this frame snug around the ears.
Bottom line: If your kids are active and outdoors a lot especially in the summer keep all these eye health issues in mind and remember Visionworks for all your eye care needs!