With the temperature dropping outside, you could feel the effects of cold weather. Winters are going on, and in such harsh weather, self-care is always advised. Children are more susceptible to complications that an adult might not encounter that easily. Your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body; hence problems like inflammation, dry eyes, irritability are very common in winters. It primarily happens because of infection or the simple reason that harsh winds and cold temperatures constrict the flow of blood vessels in your eyes and corneas, which affects eyes and causes discomfort.
Ways To Keep Children’s Eye-Related Issues At Bay In WintersFor healthy vision, one should follow regular winter care routine:
Always carry eye drops:Cold temperatures often lead to dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome is characterized by burning, itching, and soreness. Use eye drops to combat dry eyes and don't rub your eyes.
Blink your eyes more often:If your kid sticks to the screen for most of the time, the chances are high that he/she might not blink eyes that often. Make it a point to tell your child to blink more, since it can exacerbate dryness in eyes in winters. Take breaks.
Shield your eyes:UV rays coming from the sun can be damaging to you and your kid's eye, irrespective of the season and temperature. Right sunglasses that block up to 99-100% UV rays are advised to wear before you step out of the house. It will provide a shield for your eyes against sunburn and other eye-issues.
Drink water:Drink a lot of fluids. Water intake keeps your body hydrated. It flushes out salt in the body and also helps in reducing eye-strain.
Why Visit To Pediatric Ophthalmologist Is A MustIt is necessary to go for an eye check-up at least once a year. But with children, the visit becomes much more vital because they're in the growing stage and eye-brain connections are still evolving, strengthening. Any disorder noticed at this tender age has high chances to become a life-long, grave issue, if not treated on time. Eye examination of all children of 2-2.5 years of age is advised. Do not ignore the complaints of difficulty in reading, eye-ache, sore/irritated eyes, tiredness in kids, then consult a pediatric ophthalmologist to get an accurate idea of the problem and later, if necessary, treatment too. Development of a Squint (misalignment of eyes), is one such eye disorder that is mostly seen in children and should be treated well in time.
Squint or Strabismus: Meaning, Symptoms, and TreatmentIt is an eye condition in which eyes do not align properly. People with squint have their one eye inwards, upwards, downwards, or outwards, while the other one focusses at some other spot. Squints mostly develop in young children, but it can happen at any age. Squint in children can happen because of many reasons:
Refractive Errors:When the eye faces issues with focussing at one spot. It can be hypermetropia (long-sightedness), myopia (short-sightedness) and astigmatism (blurry vision in distance and up-close).
Eye condition:Eye conditions like congenital cataract or optic nerve conditions can also lead to poor vision, which could cause squint.
Eye muscle problems:There are some squints which occur when eyes are looking in a particular direction.
- Refraction test under dilation
- Amblyopia Treatment and Therapy
- Strabismus surgery
- Corrective eyeglasses and other visual aids
- Trauma Services
- Other surgical treatments and medicine courses