WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - August is National Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, and with the new school year just around the corner, one of the most important ways to ensure a successful school year is to make your child's eyesight a priority.
"So, we check the eye system, the eye, we make sure there's not a prescription in there. We make sure we don't have an eye turn. Obviously, trauma sports kids are out there. If there is a risk that they could be hit in the eye, those could cause some changes to the eye as well," said Optometrist, Dr. John Hayley of the Hayley Eye Clinic.
According to Hayley, it's important for children seven and younger to have their eyes examined to ensure that their vision is properly developing.
"One example would be one eye has a whole lot more power than the other, and that eye would then become weak or what we call lazy eye. The technical name for it is Amblyopia. The other eye would take over, and then the brain would shift more of its neurological space to that good eye and unfortunately after the age of seven, we can't shift it back," said Dr. Hayley.
Dr. Hayley also advises that parents should limit how much "blue light" their children are exposed to when viewing media on computer or phone screens.
"Digital devices are not going away so we're trying to figure out what that does to the eye, and if that does anything negative, how to prevent it. The blue light's something that is being bounced around a whole lot now, and there's many lens companies designed to protect you from that," said Dr. Hayley.
There's also the possibility that the "blue light" could throw off sleep schedule and might even cause vision problems. You can learn more about National Children's Eye Health and Safety Month by clicking HERE!