Care of children eyesight
It is a duty of parents to take care of their children’s sight.
If one or both of the parents suffer from usual defects, they should remain alert and take greater care of their children’s eyesight. Such parents should prevent their children from excessively indulging in near works like reading, writing, drawing, painting, embroidering, etc. They should encourage their children to go out and play outdoor games.
They should preferably educate children through the medium of their mother-tongue which would entail lesser hard work on the part of their children. It is a known fact that the greater the burden of studies, the greater the mental tension and visual defects.
Children should be allowed only restricted viewing of television or video. Experiments have shown that a colour television does more harm to the eyes than a black and white television.
Parents should try to cultivate in their children the right habits for good sight and healthy eyes. Eye-wash, water-splashes and palming should be incorporated into daily schedule of activities. Children should be enlightened about the correct ways of using the eyes. They should not be allowed to read while lying down or to keep awake till late hours.
It is necessary that a child’s eyes be tested before he joins a kindergarten. An eye-test should be repeated when the child is six years old.
Thereafter a check-up every year is advisable. Parents having visual defects themselves should remain more careful. Observe your child’s reading-writing habits. Ensure that he reads or writes at a normal distance, like other children.