Spring’s blooming flowers and warm weather may make it hard for your kids to resist spending time outside. The high pollen count and stronger solar radiation, however, can damage their visual health. Here, your trusted optometrists from 20/20 Image Eye Centers share three ways to protect your children’s eyes this season:
1. Limit Their Time Spent Outside
The proliferation of growing flowers, grass, and other plants this season means high pollen counts. This is a major cause of springtime eye allergies, also known as hay fever, which can cause a runny nose and red, watery, itchy eyes. The best way to reduce the negative affects of pollen is to limit the amount of time your child is allowed to spend outside.
2. Make Sure They Wear Sunglasses When Going Outside
This season also brings stronger UV rays. Your reliable optometrist recommends investing in a good pair of children’s sunglasses. Make sure they have 100% UVA and UVB blocking features to protect your child’s eyes from eye sunburn and other UV-induced eye problems. We also suggest applying sunscreen and having them wear wide-brimmed hats for added protection.
3. Remember to Schedule Their Eye Doctor Visit
Bringing your child to our office for regular eye exams will help us detect any potential changes in their eyes before they progress, and render prompt treatment. Our expert optometrist may prescribe medications like decongestants, antihistamines, and corticosteroids to relieve eye allergies. At the end of your appointment, we will remind you and your child when to return for their next eye checkup.
Help your kids fully enjoy their spring activities by following these tips. Contact us today or send us a message to request an appointment. We serve Chandler, Fountain Hills, and other nearby communities in Arizona.