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Child Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted on: August 6, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley

 

While many families are gearing up for a new school year, sometimes visiting a doctor seems to make its way to the bottom of the to-do list. However, August is an excellent month to make sure your child is in perfect health before entering the classroom.

 

Most children ignore vision changes until it becomes noticeable in how they react to struggles seeing visually in the classroom. Whether unable to see the board, struggling to read words on screens/in textbooks, or even struggling with properly identifying colors, the eye doctor can address all of these issues.

 

This month is Child Eye Health and Safety Month bringing awareness to parents and families to get their student back to 20/20 vision. Children can suffer from amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), color blindness, and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism).

 

Depending on the age, eye doctors can introduce a child to prescription glasses or corrective contact lenses to be worn daily. Through a yearly wellness check-up at Primary Health Solutions, our nurses and providers can quickly identify if your child needs to be referred to our vision services.

 

Aside from normal day-to-day activities, it’s important for a child to take proper safety precautions to protect from an eye injury. These commonly occur during sports and recreation to playing with everyday toys or on the playground. It’s important to discuss these potential dangers with your provider to make sure your child is rightfully equipped with safe and proper fitting eyewear.

 

Patients of Primary Health Solutions can schedule an annual wellness-exam or a vision exam with our providers by calling 513-454-1111. If scheduling does not permit a visit prior to the start of school, we urge parents to utilize our school-based health centers found in Fairfield, Hamilton, and Middletown City School districts.

 

All of our partnered districts provide school transportation for students to go to and from doctor’s appointments during the school day while the parent is away at work. By signing a written consent, parents avoid needing to skip work and putting a potential financial strain on the family. We understand the struggles of working families, which is why Primary Health Solutions eliminates those obstacles.

 

We hope you join us in celebrating Child Eye Health and Safety Month! For more information on this month of celebration, please refer to the American Academy of Ophthalmology here.