Your child’s eyes are vulnerable to many ailments and conditions. Excessive eye rubbing, or staring at a screen for too long can cause serious eye health issues. How do we prevent myopia progression and other eye-related problems?
Myopia progression and other eye-related problems
Your child’s eyes are new and fresh and should be protected. In order to protect our child’s eyes should be aware of the various eye problems that could affect our child. Then we can understand how to treat them as best as we can.
Amblyopia, or more commonly known as ‘lazy eye’, is a common condition that affects children. It has been reported that at least 2 to 3% of the United States (US) Population has some degree of amblyopia . Amblyopia is caused by the misalignment of the eyes. The best possible way to treat amblyopia is to schedule an appointment with your nearest ophthalmologist. Treatment usually involves covering the other ‘good’ eye with a patch in order to force the ‘lazy’ eye to work and train the eye to see clearly.
Many different irritants in the environment can cause your child to contract conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as “pink/red eye”. According to the American Optometric Association, if your child touches his/her eyes without washing them first, the bacteria from his/her own hands can contaminate the eye and cause bacterial conjunctivitis. Allergic reactions can also cause conjunctivitis. If your child does contract bacterial conjunctivitis, your doctor will prescribe him/her with antibiotic eyedrops. As for home remedies, placing a cold towel over the affected eye will help to soothe the eye. Use a wet towel to gently wipe off any excess discharge that forms around the eye.
Our children are now born into the digital age with excessive use of smart devices in our daily lives. This places a lot of strain and stress even on our child’s eyes. This is a contributing factor to myopia, or nearsightedness. According to a report by Plano, school-aged children in Singapore from 9 to 12 years of age spend up to 50 hours a week on their smartphone or tablet computers. You may download the report here. Smart device use and screen exposure can cause your child’s eyes to grow abnormally long to adapt to look at near objects.
You can help to delay its progression by fostering good eye care habits in your child. Remind your child to take frequent eye breaks. Having some fun time outdoors can also help your child’s eyes to relax. While using a digital screen is it important to place their screens at least 30 centimetres away from their eyes.
However, it can be difficult for a child to remember all these tips to delay the progression of myopia. The planoApp can help turn these reminders into daily habits that your child can easily incorporate into their everyday smartphone use. That way, they can enjoy using their mobile devices while helping to prevent myopia, and taking care of their eyes.