Table of contents:
- Get involved in early development
- Don't take breaks when doing homework
- Considering that an appointment with an ophthalmologist is not necessary if "everything is fine" with the eyes
- Count on dietary supplements and gymnastics for the eyes
- Believe that glasses spoil your eyesight
2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 06:26
Belief in the magical properties of gymnastics for the eyes and the fascination with early development can cost your child their eyesight.
Check if you are making these mistakes.
Get involved in early development
The fashion for the early development of the child is often detrimental to his health. Neither the nervous nor the visual systems, which are formed before 3-4 years of age, are not ready for premature excessive stress. Thus, drawing, reading, and spelling classes started early with a child can lead to the development of eye diseases.
Don't take breaks when doing homework
"You will not get up from the table until you do your homework!" - many of us were told so by our parents in childhood. We graduated from school, grew up and now we say the same to our children. And everything seems to be correct: we accustom them to hard work, discipline … and at the same time we spoil their eyesight.
Few people realize that myopia does not develop in school, but at home while doing homework. At school, every 40 minutes there are changes, and during lessons, the gaze switches to the blackboard, then to the notebook, that is, the ciliary muscles focus the eyes at different distances.
At home, the child sits at textbooks for an hour or two, and if interrupted, then on a smartphone. As a result - the same type of continuous load close. And if the child is still working not at the table, but on the bed or on the floor, then the visual system is strained even more, because the distance between the eye and the object is constantly changing.
Therefore, it is important for parents to ensure that the child, while doing homework, takes breaks every hour. And it is better to distract him from his smartphone during these breaks - for example, ask him to help wash the dishes or set the table, offer to have dinner together. Let his eyes rest.
Considering that an appointment with an ophthalmologist is not necessary if "everything is fine" with the eyes
Many parents are inherently overprotective, and at the slightest complaint they are ready to drag the child to the doctors. But the child usually does not complain of visual impairment. After all, if vision falls in one eye, and the other continues to work with the same acuity, then the child will see as before and will not notice the changes.
Moreover, by external signs, you cannot draw conclusions about such diseases as astigmatism, amblyopia, anisometropia - only an ophthalmologist can see this. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you undergo preventive examinations with an ophthalmologist annually, even if it seems to you that everything is fine.
For preschoolers, their own mode of visiting an ophthalmologist: 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years. If no deviations are found, then you can come to the next appointment at the age of 6.
Why visit an ophthalmologist so often? The fact is that most eye pathologies are inherited, even myopia. For example, according to statistics, if one of the parents has reduced vision, then with a probability of 50% it will be reduced in the child. And if both parents are myopic, then there is an 80% chance that the child will develop myopia. It is better to be on the alert and "catch" her in time. A competent ophthalmologist should not only diagnose myopia, but also stabilize it, stop the deterioration of vision.
Count on dietary supplements and gymnastics for the eyes
Supplements with blueberries, pills with lutein, carrots, glasses in a hole, gymnastics for the eyes - all these are useless means that have no effect on the visual system.
For example, an eye pathology was inherited by a child. For example, diabetes mellitus is also inherited. But people do not treat diabetes with dietary supplements and gymnastics. So why should our eyes, our primary organ of perception of the world, suffer from quack "cures"?
If your child is faced with myopia, then you need to accurately understand the sequence of actions. First, together with your doctor, you need to stop myopia, then try to correct it. Modern ophthalmology can do this with the help of hardware, drug treatment and laser vision correction.
Believe that glasses spoil your eyesight
Parents tend to believe myths, and we often have to debunk these myths at the reception. One of these misconceptions came from Soviet times: supposedly glasses harm the eyes, and if you put them on once, you won't take them off. The eyes will become lazy, vision will continue to fall, the glasses in the glasses will become thicker - therefore glasses are prohibited, even if the doctor prescribed them.
However, in the case of children, glasses are not worn simply to see better. This is a method of treatment, vision correction. And it is important to understand that if you are being observed by a competent specialist, then glasses are assigned to you temporarily. As soon as it is possible to stabilize myopia and get rid of concomitant pathologies, if any, then options for getting rid of glasses can be discussed. If myopia has stopped and does not grow for three years, then laser vision correction is recommended.
Finally, there are signs by which you can understand that the child's eyesight is deteriorating.
- The handwriting has changed for the worse - it has become larger, "clumsy".
- The child leans too low on the notebook.
- When watching TV, the child does not sit on the couch, but comes close to the screen, squints.
If parents start working on their mistakes and abandon destructive stereotypes, then, perhaps, very soon we will record a decrease in the epidemic of myopia.