An important part of caring for your child's eyes is an annual eye check up. Early detection and prevention of eye problems gives them the best start for their visual development and learning.
UV damage from the sun starts from birth, so just like you protect your child's skin, you need to protect their eyes too. The crystalline lens is especially clear in childhood, so more harmful UV reaches the retina at the back of the eye. UV damage contributes to cataract, macular degeneration and eye surface cancers. UV protection is especially important in glary environments, where the UV glare reflects up from sand, cement and water.
At Eyedeal Optometrist we stock Baby Banz and Kids Banz sunglasses, suitable for babies and small children.
Children and Screentime
Children today spend an average of 7 hours a day on screen based devices, including computer, tablets, phones and TV. Excessive close activities can contribute to eye fatigue and accommodative dysfunction.
Additionally, modern screen technology use LED and fluorescent lighting which have a high ratio of blue-violet light. Blue-violet light is increasingly being linked to earlier development of cataract and macular degeneration.
Both the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and The American Academy of Paediatrics recommend no screen time for children under 2 years, due to their rapid brain development in these early years. Between 2-5 years only one hour a day is recommended.
For tips on keeping your vision comfortable using screens see our Visual Comfort information.