School is in full swing and we want to make sure Colorado's children have healthy eyes because 80 percent of learning is visual. Use these tips to make sure your child's eyes are healthy so s/he can be academically successful. These great tips also work for adults too!
The 20/20/20 Rule. You and your children should follow the 20/20/20 rule when using computers. Every 20 minutes look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Place the computer screen so it is about 25 inches away and slightly below eye level.
Wear sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses whenever you are outside blocks 99 to 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. This is especially important since we live at high altitude. Because of our altitude wear them all year long, not just in the summer.
Eat for your Heart and Eyes. Foods that help circulation are good for your heart, eyes and vision. Choose foods like citrus fruits, dark, leafy greens and whole grains. Foods rich in zinc such as beans, peas, peanuts, lean red meat and poultry can help eyes resist light damage. Carrots contain vitamin A which helps with good vision. Beta-carotene found in many yellow and orange fruits and vegetables also is good for your vision.
Many types of drugs – or combinations of drugs can affect vision. Ask your child’s doctor about possible side effects and look for issues like dry or watery eyes, light sensitivity and puffy or droopy eyelids.
Don’t ignore Eye Problems. If problems like itchy or red eyes persist, see a doctor. Other symptoms of eye problems in children may include recurring sties in the eyes, sensitivity to light, squinting when focusing on distant objects, blinking more than usual and rubbing eyes frequently.
Know your family health history. Vision problems can run in families so tell your doctor about your child’s current or past health issues, including family members with eye problems.
If you have any questions about your child's eyes please feel free to contact me for more information.
Holly Rutherford-Allen, Executive Director