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Safeguarding your child's eyes means doing a lot more than scheduling an annual vision exam. Keep her eyes healthy with these tips:

Make sure he suits up for sports. Tens of thousands of sport- and recreation-related eye injuries happen every year, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). A whopping 90 percent of these injuries could be avoided with protective eyewear. According to the AAO, kids should wear eye protectors (aka sports goggles) made with polycarbonate lenses for baseball, basketball, football, racquet sports, soccer, hockey and lacrosse.

Limit screen time. Staring at a screen for too long can cause eye fatigue, blurry vision and dryness. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents encourage kids to take breaks at least ten minutes every hour, and not allow TVs, computers or smartphones in their bedrooms, which can interfere with sleep.

Teach her about everyday safety. Make sure everyone in the family wears sunglasses (look for those that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays). And be a good example by donning safety glasses while you’re doing chores like lawn work.

 

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