Child Vision Eye Health Children Vision Problems, Kids Vision And Baby Eye Care Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:17:19 +0000 en hourly 1 Eye Problems for Pre School Children I Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin Eye problems for pre school children have become extremely common phenomena these days. Fine tuning of the visions has become extremely important. It is the time, when the pre school children are mastering the art of riding tricycles. They have to undergo the complex process of coordinating their hands and eyes, while trying to paddle and steer at the same time. The older preschool children are learning the use of sophisticated equipments such as baseballs and baseball bats. They are required to keep their eyes on the balls. With the help of the fine motor skills, they are required to write down their names.

There are some warning signs, which must not be ignored, while the child is in his pre school days. The parents must not overlook the visionary problems that the child is facing. The parents are required o watch out for the refractive errors. The following are the warning signs, which must not be ignored:

  • Sitting to close to the television, while watching the shows for a long period of time
  • Squinting
  • The parents need to ensure, that the child is not tilting his or her head to get a better vision
  • Frequent rubbing of eyes, especially when the child is not sleepy
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Uncontrollable tearing
  • Closing of one single eye for watching the television better
  • Staying away from activities such as reading and coloring, apart from his, the parents need to watch out that he or she is not uncomfortable with distant vision, for example tag or playing ball
  • The parents need to ensure that the children are not complaining about tired eyes or headaches

The parents must not hesitate to take their children to eye specialists for examining if there are possibilities of any refractive error signs. The disease of Farsightedness is a very common problem that the children are fraught with. Excessive Farsightedness can result in strabismus. At times the problems of Farsightedness can be corrected with proper use of glasses. The children suffering from acute problem of cross sightedness may require surgery to cure their problems. Blurry vision is something that the children are not capable of coping with. Astigmatism is another kind of disease that leads to blurry vision. When the vision is distorted to certain extent, it can be cured with the help of glasses. Eye problem is something that needs to be addressed on time and must not be neglected to avoid untoward incidences.

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Computer Vision in Children II Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin Computers may improve the overall abilities of kids, but they do incorporate the risk of impairing their vision or affect their development. Kids spending most of their time before computers may suffer from problems related to computer ergonomics and CVS. Eye care specialists suggest that prolonged computer vision syndrome may lead to progressive myopia. This is why you need to guide kids regarding how much time they should spend before the computer. One of the major ways of reducing CVS is to ensure that they are seated in a comfortable position and at a suitable distance from the PC. Some characteristics are:

  • The head should be balanced on the neck instead of being tilted forward, with the computer screen positioned at least 15 degrees beneath the visual level.
  • The back should be straight with the shoulders positioned backwards in a relaxed posture. Do not slump in front on the keyboard.
  • Make sure that your upper arms are nearer to the body instead of being angled farther than the sides or tilted ahead.
  • The fore arms should be placed level on the table with the elbows at a 90 degrees angle.
  • The hands should almost be flat with the forearm with a little wrist bent
  • The feet should be flat on the ground or on the foot rest, and knees places at right angles. There should be space behind the knees instead of tucking legs below the chair.

A lot of computer experts also suggest maintaining a distance from the computer every half an hour for allowing flexibility to the body joints. This is done to relieve the muscle pulls or tensions to ease computer vision syndrome and ergonomics related problems.

Risk Reduction of Myopia and Computer Usage

One of the important reasons for myopia in children is heredity. A few researches show strain of the eyes, especially computer eye strain that may be involved. For a closer vision, the eyes need to exert itself in creating the focus. A lot of scientists estimate that concentrating on images may lead to enhanced fatigue of the eyes more than reading a normally printed magazine or book. Focusing fatigue may be eased by frequent breaks with the 20-20-10 rule: every 20 minutes, 20 feet distance for 10 seconds. With this simple exercise, you can reduce eye straining that may lead to progressive myopia. Specially made computer glasses may also be used.

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Eye Safety in Kids Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin Are you having problems in choosing from the eye safety elements in your kid? Well, then why not check out this article for some of the best advice for parents? Kids are born with under developed visual functions which tend to grow along with their age. It is a fact that new born babies can not visualize objects unless they are up close, while the pre school kids are farsighted, or school kids can tend to grow the need for eye glasses. All along their years of growth, kids are stimulated on a visual level. There can be nothing that stimulates the vision of a kid more than a toy.

You should remember that a lot of accidents in childhood occur as a result of toys and this is because kids tend to spend a lot of their time playing with their toys. This is why you need to make it a point that the toys they are playing with are safe to play with and guarantee the overall health and fitness of their bodies. In addition to that, you also need to focus on the eye safety of the kid as there may be some toys which are not appropriate to the age of the child.

Look Up for the Toys that are Ideal for your Kid

Along with the suitability of age, the appropriateness of the toys also influences the developmental nature of the substance. Toys which are meant to be handled by kids less than 3 years of age can contain small pieces or components that are potentially dangerous or harmful for them. See to it that if your child, who is above 4 years of age, likes to put things in their mouth may not be deemed suitable for them. These are developmentally inappropriate.

The size of the toy is also important as if it is large to be accommodated to the mouth of the kid, put it by and store it for the child to reach an age when the toy is appropriate. If the toy can be adjusted into a smaller size, do it. There are also some toys which are constructed in a sturdy fashion so as not to fall apart or break even though there is reasonable playing performed with them. Make it a point to double check the toy for its non toxicity or peeling or flaking aspects.

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Sunglasses for toddlers Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin Unlike adults, kids and toddlers are not that seriously concerned with the element of fashion that lies with sunglasses. But on the contrary they are in need of sunglasses a lot more than the adults. Kids spend most of their time outdoors and hence it becomes more than necessary for them to wear 100% UV protective sunglasses that safeguards their tender vision.

According to experts, most of us experience about 80% of the total revelation to harmful UV rays of the Sun by the age of 18 only. Moreover, it’s already a clinically proven fact that unwarranted exposure to Ultra Violet radiation during an individual’s lifetime leads to cataract and a lot of other serious eye problems. So it is always good for children to wear quality sunglasses as early as possible when spending time outdoors.

Other than UV radiation there are a number of other latent dangers that the sunlight can cause to your child’s eyes. Of late scientists have recommended that enduring contact to HEV or high energy visible light rays often termed as “blue light” may result into serious damage to the eyes over an extended period of time. In fact this can also lead to the inception and macular degeneration later on in adulthood.

Children’s eyes are much more tender and vulnerable to HEV and UV radiation than adult’s eyes. The young eyes in kids are not as capable as the adult eyes in filtering the high energy rays like HEV and UV radiation. Hence it would be a wise decision on the parts of the parents to make their kids wear protective sunglasses when they go outdoors or are playing in open sunlight.

In addition another very important point that the parents need to be aware of is that exposure of their kids to UV radiation increases largely at the higher altitudes, exceedingly reflective environments and the tropical areas. This would include water surfaces, snowfields and sandy beaches. So when visiting similar areas it would be very necessary to make their kids wear aptly UV protective sunglasses.

Choosing the Lens Color for your kid’s sunglasses

The texture of the sunglasses does not affect the intensity of the UV protection that it provides. As long as the optician ensures that the sunglasses are cent percent UV protective, the tint density and the color of the lens can just go according to one’s personal preferences.

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Choose the Right Toys for your Kid I Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin It is the responsibility of every parent to choose the right toy for their kid. Kids do not have a fully developed visual system and it grows as they age. Kids can see the objects that are close whereas pre school goers and toddlers are far sighted, others need eye glasses. Kids are stimulated visually as they grow and nothing stimulates their vision more than toys. It is important to note in this context that a majority of accidents start with toys. As kids spend a majority of their time with toys, parents should ensure that they are safe for their eyes as well as their body. In case a toy is unsafe, it could mean that they are not suitable for the age.

Choosing the Right Toy

  • Other than ensuring that the toy is suited to the age of your kid, you also need to note that it is developmentally correct. Toys often contain smaller pieces which are labeled as appropriate for certain age groups. If your 4 year old kid likes to have toys in their mouth, they are not correct for the kid developmentally.
  • Secondly, you must also pay attention to the size of the toy. If a plaything is not suited to be put into your kid’s mouth, consider putting it aside until the kid grows up. Ensure that the toy is sturdy for breaking or cracking. You also need to check the toxicity of their finishes or paints that can come peeling off.

Plush and stuffed toys must be washable by machine and if younger kids are playing with them, they must not have ribbons and buttons that can come off. Toys with rough edges should be avoided. Toys with long handles like brooms or vacuums or pony sticks come with rounded edges, especially for kids under 2 years.

Things to Steer Clear Of

Make sure to do away with toys for less than 6 year olds, that have objects to be shot in the air like dart guns, arrows, sling shots. If they are using them, make sure to keep watch. Older kids playing with wood working kits or chemistry sets should be provided with goggles for safety. If you are shopping for special occasions like birthdays, holidays or vacations, keep the developmental recommendations on the toys in mind, considering the age group of the kid, instead of merely going by the look.

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Eye Problems for Pre School Children II Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin The parents must not hesitate to take their children to eye specialists for examining if there are possibilities of any refractive error signs. The disease of Farsightedness is a very common problem that the children are fraught with these days. Some of the common reasons associated with it are watching television from a close proximity, playing computer games through out the day.

The parents must not ignore the prominent symptoms associated with eye trouble. Eye examination for the pre school children is a must. The eye specialists checks for refractive error or different kinds of visual problems. Eye examination is a must at the age of 6 months, there after at the age of three years, the pre school children must go for eye examination. These are the rules and regulations stipulated by the AOA or American Optometric Association.

It is very important that the child goes through medical check up before entering the schools. An eye check up just before entering the school is a must according to the rules and regulations stipulated by the AOA or American Optometric Association. Annual examination is a must for the pre school children. The annual examination helps the doctor to know about the present visionary conditions of the child. The doctors can accordingly prescribe eye glasses or contact lenses if necessary. You can get in touch with your doctor, for gathering further information about the eye problems, and the treatments associated with it. Comprehensive eye check up is a must that will enable the practitioners to know about your conditions of eye better.

Screenings are extremely important when it comes to testing the eye conditions and determining the existing problems. Screenings are particularly suggested by eye care practitioners to the individuals who are not getting enough training for their eye related problems. You can get in touch with the health care practitioner of your family, or gather further knowledge from the sites to protect the eyes of your children.

  • The parents need to ensure that they are not neglecting the symptoms associated with the children such as Squinting
  • The parents need to ensure, that the child is not tilting his or her head to get a better vision
  • Frequent rubbing of eyes, especially when the child is not sleepy
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Uncontrollable tearing

Negligence in the initial stage can lead to severe consequences and even blindness among the children. According to the stipulations of AOA or American Optometric Association, they must go for regular eye check ups.

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Things to Remember while Buying Eye Wear for Kids IV Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin If your kid loves sports and games, you should want to get sports goggles that are fitted with poly carbonate lenses for protecting their eyes from injury while playing. Make sure that these goggles are well fitted for providing maximum prevention from injury and this is why parents need to consult eye care specialists or ophthalmologists before deciding on the model to buy. This may appear contrary, but make sure that the sports goggle has a bigger eye opening and is vertically shaped, because in case there is an impact, a larger impact will help keep the effects above or below the eyes. If the opening is small, the goggle will hit the socket of eye balls that may be damaged.

  • Look out for warranties as some retailers offer warranty plans and this means your eye glasses can be replaced free of cost if there is a damage during the guarantee period. A warranty is a good option if you are getting specs for your kid.

You must however note that warranty plans may vary depending on the manufacturer. You must take the initiative of investigating the replacement costs with and without the guarantee plan. Usually, the warranty will be less costly than the fees for replacing a single lens. If this is the case, you should go for such lenses. Scratches are the most common kind of damage caused to lenses and in this case, the lens needs to be replaced as it may interfere with the visual development of your kid.

  • Consider a pair for back up. In case the visual clarity of your kid or toddler happens to be poor, you may require purchasing a back up pair as this will ensure that the other pair is there if the one generally used is damaged or affected in any way. The primary pair is most commonly used and it must be handled well. Generally, they are also not commissioned for about a week during the repairing process.

A goggle that is used for sports purposes can nicely replace a spare lens or back up glass. More than that, sports or prescription eye glasses make for good support pairs and in case your kid happens to wear glasses, you may require prescription sun glasses too. Consider replacing an older pair for these sun glares. Get them UV tinted and darkened, and later remove the dye for indoor usage again.

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Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation in Kids Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin One of the most commonly known facts in eye care happens to be vision therapy. A lot of doctors advocate vision therapy and strongly recommend it to patients owing to its various advantages. Vision rehabilitation is recommended especially in kids although opinion in the medical fraternity is divided. By the term vision therapy, we mean a customized non surgical medical program supervised by doctors. It is actually used to correct problems regarding vision for improving visual skills. Contact lenses and eye glasses are used merely for correcting visual defects, but with vision therapy, the very anatomy and muscular configuration of the eyes can be corrected.

In fact, as far as visual therapy is concerned, this is a process that allows the visual system to amend itself. It takes in parts of the brain for affecting vision in a holistic manner. In vision therapy, the instruments used comprise:

  • Prisms
  • Filters
  • Lenses
  • Computed visual activities

Non-computed visual tools include:

  • Balance board
  • Ball
  • Metronome

Vision therapy cannot be distinguished by techniques or tools, but through therapy including the active participation of the physician, patient and parents (in case of kids). Problems that cannot be treated with glasses, lenses or surgery can help you gain a comfortable and binocular vision. Problems related to reading can be solved in kids by vision therapy by reducing strain of the eyes and symptoms of computer visual syndrome that is common in adults as well as kids.

Orthoptics vision therapy refers to vision or visual training that literally implies strengthening of the eyes. The therapy can be traced back to the latter half of the 19th century when the eye muscles were trained for straightening the eyes with the help of cosmetic processes, if they were misaligned by strabismus. In fact, the successful nature of orthoptics is also used in the present day to denote other miscellaneous techniques for treating various other types of visual defects.

The area where orthoptics stresses is on the treatment of the eyes and their muscles along with helping align the eyes with cosmetic measures. On the other hand, vision therapy optimizes the visual system taking into incorporation both the eyes as well as parts of the brain that regulate eye sight, visual perceptiveness as well as other functions related to vision. The aim is to change the automatic or reflexive behavior for long term results.

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Low visionary aids for purposes of reading Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin Finding out ways for comfortable reading is one of the biggest challenges, especially for those who are visually impaired. It requires a lot of preparation and adjustment. For many visually challenged persons, reading is no longer fun. There are many low vision devises out there in the market that can make reading a pleasurable experience. Visionary problems can result out of macular degeneration, tunnel vision or retinitis pigmentosa.

The most affordable can be said to be the hand held magnifiers. There are some which contain small reading lamps for illuminating better. There are other magnifiers that are mounted on stands whose heights are adjustable or can be hung around ones neck. You can even make use of strong reading glasses that come in half or full lenses styles. You can also make use of bifocal eyeglasses that have high powered lens segment for reading.  Making use of reading telescopes is another interesting option. These reading telescopes are mounted or handheld onto specially made eyeglass frames. These come with enhanced padded bridges and enhanced nose pads. This will enable your nose to carry more weight comfortably.

There are video magnifiers that project materials on CCTV or closed circuit television, normal regular TV, monitor or computer screen. There is no problem even if you sit too close to the television screen. You can easily adjust the degree of brightness, magnification, color and even contrasts. Among the major advantages in this system, you can be sitted upright comfortably, instead of leaning on a horizontal table. It is however not free from disadvantages like its more expensive when compared to the simple reading glass or magnifier.

There are some reading devices that require prescription from eye specialists. Many of these devices are custom made atht suits particular needs. Your doctor can even prescribe you the correct lens power and devices that are best suited to you, depending upon your activities.

Good lighting forms a very important part, especially with people who are suffering from impaired vision. The person suffering from low vision must insure that there is adequate light in his favorite reading area. Natural sunlight can be the best source of light. If you are reading under artificial lights, you can purchase incandescent lights of a “full-spectrum” variety. It is better to avoid powerful fluorescent light. These lights are not very conducive for comfortable and clear visibility. People with low vision, needs to replace these fluorescent lights with halogen task lighting.

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Stargardt’s Disease in Children II Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 admin In some cases color contrast recognition may even be lost. Stargardt’s disease causes patients to lose vision within the initial 20 years of their life. There are various ways treat or prevent Stargardt’s disease. According to research, introduction to bright light may influence retinal damage which starts with Stargardt’s disease. There may be no known treatment of Stargardt’s disease although people who have the illnesses are recommended to wear spectacles or sun glasses with ultra violet protection. The symptoms of Stargardt’s disease can be the following:

  • Distorted or blurry vision
  • An incapability to view things in low lighting and
  • A problem recognizing familiar faces

This helps eliminate the possibility of added damage to the eyes by the sun. If you are suffering from Stargardt’s disease, the ophthalmologist may even suggest you to put on special filters in your spectacles so as to wedge particular light waves. The researchers of UCLA School of Medicine reported in 2004 that if Accutane, the acne drug isotretinoin is injected in the eyes of mice, development of deposits of pigmented waste can be reduced. The wastes are caused by abnormalities in the defective Stargardt’s genes and heap up to damage the retina which results in loss of vision.

The supplementation of Vitamin A is something that should be avoided at all costs if you have Stargardt’s disease as according to a few researchers, abnormal synthesis of eye vitamins may be caused by the actions of the gene mutations and this is a factor that may be responsible for associated retinal damage. There is however various ways with which you can cope with Stargardt’s disease as researchers of the American Macular Degeneration Foundation suggest that people who have a history of Stargardt’s disease especially among members of their families may go for genetic counseling before they start planning families.

As a result of the loss of vision in the case of Stargardt’s disease, the changes may be noticed earlier on in kids having with the disease. This is the reason as to why the patients should always go for a counseling session with their doctor or eye specialist so that instances of the disease can be prevented in the future. It is advised that they go for low vision counseling from the ophthalmologist especially if your kid has to continue classroom learning. For instance, if your child has Stargardt’s, they may require books with large prints.

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