Eye Health and Education for Children

freeimage-3934011Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, interviewed Dr. Glenn Steele about eye health and education for children.

Dr. Glenn Steele is an optometrist representing the American Academy of Optometry’s InfantSee program. The program provides free vision and eye screening for children under one year old. Eight thousand volunteer doctors in the U.S. participate in the program.

Even though the need is great at all economic levels, InfantSEE focuses on the poorest people and on high risk communities. The goal is to provide a free examination and screening to every child at age three months and six months, and to provide parental education about eye diseases, natural eye health and dry eye prevention.

Vision and eyes can affect walking, hand-eye coordination and other developmental areas. Vision problems and dry eye could also be a factor in attention deficit disorder.

Computer and TV use, says Dr. Steele, should be minimal up to age three, then carefully monitored by parents. Children engaged in these activities tend to blink far less, which can lead to dry eye problems.

A parent can evaluate a child’s vision and eye health by observing how the child tracks objects and responds to visual stimulation. They should also look for dry eye symptoms such as redness, squinting, occasionally blurred vision, frequent headaches and fatigue, and make sure the child drinks sufficient water.

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