Protecting Your Child's Eyes and Sight
There are many things you can do to keep your child's eyes
healthy and seeing clearly from birth through the teen years.
How Can I Help My Child Develop Good Eyesight?
- Place toys within focus of your baby"s eyes, only 8-12
- Encourage your baby to crawl. This helps develop
- Talk to baby as you move around the room to encourage
his or her eyes to follow you.
- Hang a mobile above or outside of your baby's crib.
- Give your baby toys to hold and look at.
Make sure your baby is following moving objects with his or her
eyes and developing eye-hand coordination. If he or she seems
delayed, talk to your child's doctor.
As your baby grows into an active child, continue to
encourage good eyesight by providing visually stimulating toys
that will improve motor and eye-hand coordination skills. Some
good examples are:
What Can I Do to Protect My Child's Sight?
- Building or linking blocks
- Stringing beads
- Drawing tools like pencils, chalk, crayons, and markers
- Finger paints
- Modeling clay
- Eat right both during
pregnancy and after. Your baby will be healthier and you
will set a good example.
- Provide nutritious, well-balance meals for your child
that include 400 mcg of vitamin A for children from birth to
three years, 500mcg of vitamin A for children from four to
six years, and 700-800 mcg of vitamin A for children seven
to ten years.
- Provide your child with age-appropriate toys that are
free from sharp edges.
- Give your child toys that encourage visual development.
- Provide sun protection for you child when outdoors by
means of shelter or UV coated lenses, especially if your
child's eyes are light in color.
- Encourage your child to wear the proper protective
athletic gear when playing sports.
- Get your child's eyes examined by an eye doctor