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The Importance of Protecting Your Child’s Eye Health and Safety

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury

In honor of back to school and back to sports season, August has been named Children’s Eye Health and Safety month. It’s a time to remind parents about the importance of protecting their child’s eye health and safety. If you are a parent, be sure to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your child is free from any eye-related injuries or conditions.

In the event your child does suffer from an eye injury that was caused by another party’s negligence, reach out to an experienced Chicago eye injury lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can inform you of your legal options and may be able to recover compensation for your child’s damages. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

Common Eye Diseases Among Children

There are a variety of eye diseases that children may develop. However, the most common ones include:

  • Amblyopia: Also known as lazy eye, amblyopia arises when an eye is unable to achieve normal visual acuity. It usually begins when a child is an infant or toddler and almost always only affects one eye. The most common symptom of this condition is a wandering eye.
  • Strabismus: Strabismus or crossed eyes occurs when both eyes cannot look at the same place at the same time. If a child has this disease, they may be farsighted or have poor eye muscle control. Eyes that simply don’t line up is the most common symptom of strabismus.
  • Ptosis: Commonly referred to as drooping of the eyelid, ptosis is when the border of a child’s upper eyelid falls to a lower position than it should. Ptosis can affect one or both eyes and can cover the pupils.
  • Color deficiency: Color deficiency or color blindness is when a child is unable to distinguish between different colors. While treatments can help this condition, it is incurable.

If you suspect that your child has any of these conditions, have a family history of childhood vision problems, or notice your child is not interested in activities like reading or looking at objects, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with their eye doctor.

How to Help Your Child Maintain Healthy Eyes

You may be surprised to learn that about 42,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year and children suffer from most of them. As a parent, there are a number of ways you can protect your child’s eye health and safety and reduce their risk of eye injuries. We recommend the following tips:

  • Make sure your child always wears protective eyewear when they participate in sports or other recreational activities.
  • When shopping for toys for your child, be sure they are appropriate for their age and don’t have any parts that are sharp or protruding.
  • Schedule routine eye exams for your child and have them fitted for prescription glasses or contact lenses if necessary.
  • Provide your child with nutrient-rich meals full of foods that contain vitamin E, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein as they are all ideal for healthy eyes.
  • Promote good eyesight by encouraging your child to play with toys like modeling clay, puzzles, pegboards, building blocks, and markers. These toys are visually stimulating and can improve hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C

Despite your best efforts to help your child maintain healthy eyes, they may sustain an eye injury because of someone else’s negligent actions. If this happens, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. We can ensure their rights are protected. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.