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August 8, 2011

Can You See Clearly Now??

Filed under: General HR Buzz11:51 am

As children across the country return to school, safety is foremost on our mind.  An area that we may not think about, however, is their eyecare.  As August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, it is timely to think about eyecare.  Most eye problems in children can be corrected if they are detected and treated early.  Some of the problems that children may have relating to their eyes include amblyopia (lazy eye), color blindness, conjuctivitis (pink eye), diabetes, and refractive error just to name a few.  Many of these issues may affect their ability to learn in the classroom, so it is very important to correct these problems early on.

If your mom was like mine, she was always protective of my eyes.  Some of her “beliefs” may not be supported by fact, even though her intent was always in my best interest to take care of my eyes.  Below are some of the common myths that you may be familiar with. 

Myth:  Reading in dim light can damage your eyes.

Fact:  Reading in dim light can cause eye strain, but it will not hurt your eyes permanently.

Myth:  Eating carrots will improve your vision.

Fact:  While it is true that carrots, as well as many other vegetables are rich in Vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for sight, only a small amount is necessary for good vision.  A well-balanced diet, with or without carrots, provides all the nutrients the body needs.  In fact, too much Vitamin A, D or E may actually be harmful.

Myth:  Reading fine print for too long will wear out or damage your eyes. 

Fact:  This is one of the most widely held myths about vision.  Some people are concerned that they should not read too much because it will wear out their eyes.  Although extensive or prolonged reading of fine print can cause eye strain, there is no evidence to suggest that it will damage or wear out your eyes.

Myth:  An eye examination is necessary only if you’re having problems.

Fact:  Everyone should follow proper eye healthcare, which includes regular eye exams, whether or not you are having any noticeable signs of problems.  Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout the school years.

I hope you are able to see clearly now and for many days to come.  Let’s make a commitment to take care of our eyes, as well as our children’s.


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