Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and at Doheny Eye Institute, we believe that healthy eyes pave the way for endless possibilities and vibrant futures. Let’s dive into our top tips to ensure your child’s vision journey is as captivating as their dreams!

Tip #1: Eye-Boosting Nutrition


Colorful veggies like carrots, leafy greens, and antioxidant-rich blueberries aren’t just a treat for taste buds – they’re a feast for your child’s eyes! These nutrient-packed foods promote healthy vision development and protect against future eye concerns. #EyeBoostingNutrition #NourishForClearSight
Tip: Transform mealtime into an enchanting rainbow adventure! Engage your little ones in picking out colorful fruits and veggies, turning a simple salad into a work of art. 
Tip #2: Screen-time balance
Did you know that the average child spends a whopping 3 hours a day on screens . While technology is amazing, it’s essential to strike a balance. Too much screen time can lead to digital eye strain, affecting your child’s comfort and focus. #ScreenTimeBalance #HealthyEyesHappyHearts
Tip: Set “screen time breaks for outdoor play, creative crafting, or cozy reading sessions. These breaks not only give eyes a refreshing pause but also inspire imagination and connection 
Tip #3: Sun-Sational Protection
As the sun kisses your child’s face, don’t forget those precious eyes need protection too! Just like sunscreen shields the skin, UV-blocking sunglasses safeguard against harmful rays and reduce the risk of future eye conditions. #SunProtectionForEyes #ShadesForBrightSmiles
Tip: Make UV sunglasses a must-have accessory for outdoor adventures. Let your kids choose their favorite shades – a stylish twist that nurtures their eye health and self-expression. 
Tip #4: Reading Rendezvous
Open the door to endless wonder with the magic of reading! Early reading not only fuels imagination but also plays a crucial role in developing visual skills. Cultivating a reading habit today sets the stage for a lifetime of exploration and learning. #ReadingRendezvous #ImaginationInFocus
Tip: Create a cozy reading nook, complete with comfy cushions and a sea of captivating books. Transport your child to far-off lands and let their eyes dance through the pages of adventure. 
Tip #5: Playtime Adventures
Who said playtime is only about fun? Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and playing ball games provide a double dose of joy – they reduce the risk of nearsightedness while encouraging healthy eye growth. #ActiveAdventures #PlayForHealthyEyes
Tip: Turn weekends into mini-adventures! Plan family hikes, bike rides, or sports tournaments that keep both hearts and eyes pumping with excitement. 


Tip #6: Early Signs of Vision Problems

Parents should be aware of potential signs of vision problems in children, including frequent eye rubbing, squinting, holding books too close, avoiding near or distant activities, and complaining of headaches or blurry vision.

Tip #7: Overall Well-being

Promoting and maintaining good eye health in children involves a combination of regular eye exams, healthy habits, and awareness of potential issues. Early intervention can make a significant difference in a child’s visual development and overall well-being.


At Doheny Eye Institute, we’re on a mission to empower you with steps that make Children’s Eye Health Month more than just a moment – it’s a year-round celebration. Embrace these tips, create lasting memories and be the guiding star in your child’s journey to vibrant vision!

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