This Child Vision Awareness Month in June, make it your mission to ensure no child around you is suffering from vision issues. This is necessary since children have no idea whether they can see clearly or not. In fact, if they have problems with their vision, they tend to accept their blurred version of the world, assuming it is reality. They can’t figure out why they can’t see the board from the back of the classroom, nor can they understand why they are unable to spot their friends during lunchtime. Yes, a weak vision can cause a child to suffer academically and socially. However, this June, you can make a difference. All you have to do is spread awareness for the cause.
History of Child Vision Awareness Month
In today’s world, a child’s eyes are constantly being used, whether it is at home or in the classroom. This is because, due to technological advancement, children are exposed to computers, cellphones, and other screens on a daily basis. Hence, numerous children across the U.S are developing vision issues with help being provided to only one in three of these children. Can you believe over 6.8% of the children in America have been diagnosed with eye and vision conditions? And the number of visually impaired children under the age of 18 is 3%. This is why Child Vision Awareness Month was formed — to recognize that numerous children are suffering from vision problems as well as eye diseases that can be a great hindrance in their learning and social development.
These problems occur since a child’s vision continues to develop over a period of time and the eyes are sensitive during the early stages of life. Some of the common eye problems include having a lazy eye, being cross-eyed (found in four out of 100 children), droopy eyelids, and cataracts. Though many of these issues are curable, some of them can lead to blindness if not recognized and treated at an early age. To safeguard your children from experience permanent damage, pay attention to your child’s eyes and get their eyes screened this June! Your attention to the cause can actually aid in improving the lives of your children. So go on and book an appointment with the eye specialist.
Child Vision Awareness Month timeline
The first magnifying glass is developed to read text.
A bifocal lens is developed by Benjamin Franklin.
The first visual chart for eye tests is introduced.
Dr. Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick invents the first contact lens.
Child Vision Awareness Month FAQs
When should you check your child's vision?
An eye exam needs to be done from birth to two years if there is a family history of eye problems.
How do I know if my child has vision problems?
Some warning signs include squinting, headaches, eye pain, and constant rubbing of the eyes.
Can children's vision improve?
Yes. An infant’s vision might be blurry but their sight tends to improve over a period of time.
How to Celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month
Take your child for an eye exam
To ensure your child has no vision issues, visit an eye specialist and have them conduct a vision test. Even if your child is unaware of the hindrance in their vision, the test will reveal it all.
Ask the school to emphasize the importance of clear vision
Sometimes, children don’t want to wear glasses to avoid being bullied. Speak to the schools in your town and ask them to dedicate the month to spreading awareness among children and parents regarding the importance of clear vision.
Donate to foundations that are helping children with weak vision
Donate to a foundation that focuses on raising money for children who can’t afford to improve their vision through surgeries.
5 Facts You Need To Know About Eyesight
A better vision
Fish oil, vitamin A, and vitamin C improve eyesight.
Reading in dim light tires the eyes.
The most active muscles
The eye muscles are the most active in the body.
The length of the eye and eyesight
People with a longer-than-normal eyeball are nearsighted.
10,000 million colors can be detected by the human eye.
Why Child Vision Awareness Month is Important
It raises awareness regarding eye health
The month talks about the different vision problems experienced by children, how to spot them, and how these issues can be treated.
It brings vision weakness symptoms to the forefront
Your child might be suffering from a weak vision and you wouldn’t even know. During this month, the signs of vision weaknesses are highlighted.
It talks about the social problems linked to vision issues
A child who can’t see properly suffers greatly since they are not able to understand why their vision is unclear. The month brings to light several of such social adjustment issues faced by children who have weak eyesight.
Child Vision Awareness Month dates