August is national Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, and the South Carolina personal injury attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers want to remind children and parents about the importance of keeping their eyes safe. Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists – two organizations leading efforts to increase eye health and safety awareness – make it a point to remind parents that you can't always see underlying conditions that threaten your child's eyes, which is why regular checkups and eye exams are important.
Here are a few helpful eye health tips:
- Eye should be examined during regular pediatric appointments, with vision testing beginning around age three.
- Talk openly with doctors about eye disease and common warning signs.
- Warning signs that your child may have vision problems can include a family history of eye problems, wandering or crossed eyes, lack of interest in reading or looking at distant objects, and squinting or moving of the head to watch TV.
Eyes are among our most valuable possessions, and for children – who all too often place themselves in danger – eye safety should always be a priority. According to Prevent Blindness America, thousands of eye accidents occur each day, nearly all of which are preventable.
Prevent Blindness lists some of the most common causes of eye injuries:
- Improper use of children's toys
- Falls from furniture, on stairs, from beds, and while playing with toys.
- Improper use of everyday objects, including tools, eating utensils, and pens or pencils.
- Contact with dangerous household chemicals or products, such as glue, paint, detergent and others.
- Auto accidents
Parents should always be aware of the need to protect their child's eyes, especially when doing activities that present possible dangers, such as sports, outdoor hobbies, and others.
Below are safety tips to help protect your child's eyes:
- Have children wear proper safety goggles or eyewear during risky activities.
- Use nightlights or lights on stairs or handrails to reduce risks of eye accidents.
- Use safety gates on stairs and pad or cushion sharp corners or edges of furniture and fixtures.
- Supervise children when playing with toys and make sure children use toys and objects appropriately.
- Keep dangerous objects, household products, and chemicals out of the reach of children. Cabinet and drawer locks can help keep these items out of children's hands.
- Use proper safety seats and seatbelts when children ride in cars. Store loose items in the trunk or keep them secure. Loose items can become dangerous during a car wreck.
Our accident attorneys hope that these tips help you keep your children's eyes safe and healthy this month and for years to come. As a personal injury law firm, we have helped many families after their children suffered preventable harm. If you have questions about eye injuries or child injuries, give our legal team a call at (888) 612-7001 for a FREE case review!