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Children who don't see well are generally not aware of it. Look out for these symptoms to know if your child's vision is impaired one way or the other, and immediately schedule an appointment with your eye doctor:
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Frequent headaches or dizziness
  • Head turning or tilting to use one eye only
  • Unusual squinting, frowning or blinking
  • Fumbling words while reading
  • Bringing reading material closer to the eyes
  • Irritation while doing work at close distance
  • Hesitation to do work at close distance
  • Tripping over small objects while walking or playing
  • Eye lids become narrow/as if closing while concentrating or watching TV
Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months) should have their first eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist by age 6 months. Children under 5 years of age should have their eyes examined every 6 months. School age children (6 to 19 years) should have an eye exam every year.

Eye Safety
Children spend a lot of time playing with toys, some of which aren't necessarily safe for the eyes. For children under 6 years of age, if you can't avoid toys that propel objects in the air, such as slingshots, dart guns or arrows, make sure to supervise children playing with similar toys. If your older child plays with toys that involve construction work or reactive liquids such as a chemistry set, make sure he/she wears safety goggles.

Sports-related eye injuries are on the rise because children don't realize that their eyes are at risk while playing. It is recommended that children wear eye protection for any sports and recreational activities that involve flying objects, rough contact with other players, or running.

Children need to protect their eyes from the sun too, as they tend to spend more time playing outdoors and in direct sunlight, which makes them exposed to harmful UV rays. And because the lens in children's eyes doesn't filter as much UV light as in adults', it is recommended that children wear sunglasses when spending a great deal of time playing in the sun.

Polycarbonate Lenses
If your child needs prescription eyeglasses, it is highly recommended to opt for glasses with polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are extremely safe, lightweight, slim and unbreakable. They protect the eyes from the damages resulting from injury, as well as UV rays. They also come with a scratch-resistant coating that keeps the lenses clear for a longer period of time. Polycarbonate lenses are available in different types for single vision, bifocals, and progressive lenses.

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