August is Back-to-School Eye Health Month

It’s that time of year again. If you haven’t already, you will soon start to see yellow school buses passing by your street or neighborhood. Yes, that’s right, the calendar has turned to August and kids are starting to head back to school. The start of the school year also means kids are busy with after school activities, before having to start their homework, eat dinner, and get to bed at a decent hour. No matter the busy schedule, make sure we don’t ignore our children’s eyes. Healthy vision is key to academic success. If they struggle seeing the notes on the white board, think of the important pieces of information they might miss? It then becomes a snowball effect and they might get behind in school. So here are some important tips:
1). Make sure your child has regular eye screenings. Let’s step in and catch this problem early. We still have some openings for back-to-school screenings. Give us a call: (502) 458-9004.
2). Know your family eye health history: Do eye conditions/diseases run in your family?
3). Observe for possible warning signs or signals: squinting, headaches
4). Wear protective eyewear when playing sports
5). For our older students, there’s another important tip to keep in mind. When kids enter junior high and high school, many students at this age start to wear contact lenses. With very little extra time, these students tend to be poor at caring for their lenses. As a result, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has some tips for teens and their parents on how to properly care for their contact lensess. Research has shown that poor contact lens care practices by teens and young people raise their risk of serious eye conditions. So, please take a moment to carefully read through these tips. They truly are simple and can prevent eye infections if followed.
a. New quarter, new case: Replacing your contact lense case every three months will help keep germs at bay
b. Avoid water:  Our tap water is clean enough to drink but not for cleaning the lenses. Also, avoid showering, swimming, etc with the contact lenses
c. DO NOT sleep in your contact lenses
d. If you notice redness or other irritation, CONTACT YOUR OPHTHALMOLOGIST IMMEDIATELY. 
REMEMBER: These serious eye infections are preventable if you follow these simple tips. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Taustine Eye Center: (502) 458-9004.

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