4 Ways to Keep Your Children’s Eyes Protected This Spring

The spring’s warm sun and blooming flowers make it hard to resist the outdoors, especially if you’re a kid who has been cooped up all winter. The strong UV rays and high pollen count, however, may cause uncomfortable eye conditions. In today’s post, your expert eye doctor from Grove City Vision Center shares four tips to keep your children’s eyes protected this season.

1. Set an Allotted Time for Outdoor Activities

Prolonged sun exposure is the root cause of eye sunburn and other UV-induced vision problems. This is why we recommend limiting the time your children spend outdoors. This method can also reduce their risk of acquiring springtime eye allergies. Make sure they wash their hands regularly as well to keep them from contaminating their eyes with pollen and other allergens.

2. Have Them Wear Protective Gear When Going Outside

Wearing sunglasses with UV protective features is one of the most reliable ways to protect your children’s eyes. Since their eyes are still developing, our expert optometrists explain that they are more susceptible to developing UV-related eye changes than adults. If your child is sensitive to pollen, we suggest giving them a mask to wear when spending prolonged periods of time outside.

3. Take Them to the Eye Doctor for a Checkup

We can perform a comprehensive eye exam to check for any signs of vision problems. During the visit, we also suggest helping them choose their own pair of sunglasses, which should encourage them to wear their specs more often.

4. Follow Our Prescribed Treatment

After your child’s spring eye exam, our expert eye doctor may recommend taking certain medications. If we confirm springtime eye allergies, for example, we may prescribe antihistamines or decongestants to relieve their itchy and watery eyes and clogged nose. We may also suggest applying artificial eye drops to keep their eyes moisturized for their improved visual comfort.

By following these four spring eye care tips, you can help your kids fully enjoy spring outdoor activities. Call us today at 614-875-8373 or send us a message to request an appointment. We serve various Ohio communities, including Columbus and Grove City.

Video: Understanding your visual system

Healthy eyes and accurate vision are essential to maintaining a high quality of life. At Grove City Vision Center, we believe that a thorough understanding of your visual system allows for better eye care. Here, our expert eye doctor in Columbus, Ohio, explains your visual system in detail.

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The Components of Your Eyes

Your eyes are some of the most complex, yet delicate structures of your body. Here are the primary components of your eyes:

  • Cornea: This transparent, dome-shaped structure envelops the front part of your eyes. Its smooth, even surface helps with light reception and sharper image perception.
  • Pupil: Your pupil is the black circle in the center of your eye through which light enters.
  • Iris: The colored area of your eyes that regulates the amount of light entry, your iris controls your pupil size.
  • Lens: This transparent structure found behind the iris serves to focus light on the retin
  • Retina: Located at the back of your eyes, your retina is a thin layer of tissue lining that converts light into neural signals.
  • Optic Nerve: Your optic nerve carries these neural signals to the occipital lobe of the brain for image translation.

How the Components of Your Eyes Work Together

Our experienced eye doctor in Grove City, Ohio, explains that light bounces off an object when you look at it. This light passes through your cornea and enters your eye through your pupil, which grows larger or smaller (regulated by the iris) depending on the amount of light. Your lens then focuses the received light directly on the retina, which converts it to nerve signals. The optic nerve transports these signals to the brain for visual interpretation.

How We Can Help Maintain Your Visual Health

All parts of your eyes play important roles in ensuring your visual health. For healthy eyes, we advise eating foods that are rich in eye-friendly nutrients. We also suggest quitting sight-threatening habits, like smoking and excessive use of blue-light emitting gadgets.

Most importantly, we recommend having regular eye exams. Our expert optometrists in Columbus, Ohio, can perform various tests and procedures to check for any structural changes or vision irregularities. We will then create a treatment plan that addresses your eye care needs.

If you have any further questions on how your eyes work, call us at 614-875-8373. You may also send us a message to request an appointment.

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