How does poor vision affect children?
When children struggle to see, it can prevent them from comprehending tasks in the classroom. Visual issues can also upset or anger children as they become frustrated by their inability to do/read things as other children can. This can slow their learning, as most of what we learn comes from what we see. Sports may also be an issue as we need clear vision to have proper hand-eye coordination. There are some things you can do to protect your children’s eye health, such as having regular eye exams. Here are our top back-to-school eye care tips:
Book that eye exam
Healthy vision is correlated to success in the classroom and beyond, which is why it's crucial to put an eye examination on your back-to-school/work to-do list. When studying or at work, such as reading from a textbook or looking at a computer, we face increasing pressure on our eyes, so ensure regular vision screenings are booked.
A comprehensive eye exam is essential before the start of the school year. It can detect a range of vision problems that may otherwise go undetected and misdiagnosed as dyslexia, ADHD, a behavioural problem, or a learning disability. If these aren't addressed, children face the risk of carrying these labels into adulthood. This can affect a range of things, including employment opportunities, education levels, social interactions, and confidence in various areas of life.
Young children may find it challenging to explain their difficulties with their eyesight and may not be aware that they have a problem at all. Conditions such as squint and amblyopia (lazy eye) can be treated more effectively if they are picked up earlier, which could make a massive difference to your child’s eye health. Early detection can be treated with glasses/eye patches or both, which should be started as soon as possible to help your child begin school with the best vision possible.
In young children, signs of vision problems could be:
- Having to sit very close to the TV
- Holding books very close to their face
- Excessive squinting
- Complain of sore eyes
If you are under the age of 16, or if you are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education, i.e. College, 6th Form, or an apprentice, you are entitled to a free eye test on the NHS. Before you book your eye exam, look at our article ‘How to get a free eye test’.
Limit their screen time
Children can very easily be glued to their phone or tablet screens for much of the day, especially if they use the internet for research. Most digital devices have a screen time section in the settings app, if not, there are several screen-time apps that can be downloaded to help people manage how long they spend looking at screens. These apps even break your screen time down to how much time you spend on specific apps. A good general rule is to have a break from the screen every 20 minutes.
Once your optician has given you your prescription, make sure you pick up a pair of glasses. Choosing the right prescription glasses to suit your lifestyle and face shape will ensure comfort and confidence. Feel Good Contacts has a wide range of designer frames to choose from, including Ray-Ban glasses and frames in a lower price range, such as from our Feel Good Collection.
Choose the right lenses
Ensuring you choose the suitable eyeglass lens coatings for your lifestyle is essential. For example, if you find yourself sitting at a desk on the computer all day long, you may want to invest in blue light glasses. These glasses have lenses that reduce the levels of blue light emitted to your eyes to prevent eye strain and fatigue and provide better contrast and improved visual comfort. Lenses with an anti-glare coating can also be beneficial for computer use.
Alternatively, if you happen to work outdoors, you may wish to opt for transition lenses or sun tints. Transition lenses will provide you with both sunglasses and glasses in one, as they are clear indoors and darken when exposed to direct UV light, whereas sun tints are your prescription in sunglasses. Both provide 100% UVA and UVB protection to ensure that your eyes are protected when spending time outside.
Stock up on contact lenses
You may also wish to stock up on contact lenses but before you do, make sure you get an eye exam for contact lenses. Remember, a contact lens prescription is not the same as a glasses prescription.
Contact lenses are an excellent choice for those who find themselves engaging in lots of physical activities such as sports. They provide freedom to run around without having to worry about glasses slipping off your face, and they rarely fall out.
Daily contact lenses or extended wear lenses are a popular choice for those with super busy work schedules. It would help if you spoke to your optician before choosing contact lenses to ensure that they suit your eye and individual needs.
Daily disposable lenses are great for those with hectic lifestyles as they do not require a cleaning routine and can be thrown away at the end of each day. Extended wear contact lenses can be worn day and night continuously (without needing to be removed) for a fixed amount of time.
Invest in eye care products
The working world can take a toll on our eyes, as can the effects of modern-day living, so it's essential you pay attention to symptoms such as dry eye, eye strain and fatigue and maintain your eye health.
Spending long hours in the office or classroom with heating or air-conditioners can cause dry eyes and so can staring at a computer screen for hours on end. However, you can relieve dry eye symptoms by using dry eye treatments such as our comfi Soothe Drops, which come in a small 15ml bottle, perfect for taking with you on the go.
Opt-in to Auto-Replenish
At Feel Good Contacts, we don't want the task of re-ordering your contact lenses to be a hassle in addition to stocking up on school supplies, which is why we offer our Auto-Replenish service. Auto-Replenish is a quick and easy way of receiving your contact lenses and eye care products without having to remember to go online and re-enter your order. In addition to this, you'll get 5% off every order when you opt-in to Auto-Replenish.
Being a student is expensive enough, which is why we offer UNiDAYS and Student Beans student discounts, so you can get up to 16% off and save money on your contact lenses, glasses, contact lens solutions, eye care and designer sunglasses.
If you’re not a student, you can save 10% off your first order with Feel Good Contacts and 5% off every order when you use the Feel Good Contacts App.