August is:

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.

Eye Exam Picture

At the age of 3, your child should start having regular vision testing to make sure there is nothing threatening their good vision. As a parent, some things to be aware of that may cause vision problems in your child include:

  • Wandering or crossed eyes (strabismus)

  • Family history of vision problems

  • Lack of interest in reading or looking at distant objects

  • Squinting or turning of the head in an unusual manner while watching television

  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)

  • Drooping of the eyelid (ptosis)

  • Color blindness

  • Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism)

Another way to ensure that your child(ren) keep their eyes safe is to make sure they play with age appropriate toys and to wear protective eyewear if needed for certain activities.