Back to school

The end of summer is a return to routine for the little ones (and also for the older ones). During the hot months the eyes have been exposed to aggressive external factors such as pool chlorine, UV rays, beach sand, etc. Before classes begin it’s the perfect time to do an eye exam.

A quick examination of both the external and internal structures of the eye will allow us to detect any visual problems that children have.

What is a review?

The eye is a very delicate and sensitive organ. Most people are very apprehensive and are afraid of being touched or hurt in the eye during the scan, especially if they are young children. The first thing we want to make clear is that to perform the scans it is not necessary to touch the eye for anything. In the ophthalmological consultation we have machines capable of detecting from a simple corneal erosion to microscopic alterations located inside the eye in a non-invasive way.

At most, in order to see the internal structures (retina, macula, optic nerve, etc.) it may be necessary to apply an eye drop to dilate the pupil. This will allow us to see the inside of the eye more easily. To explore external structures (cornea, conjunctiva, etc.) it is not necessary to apply any kind of eye drops.

The importance of reviewing sight

The revisions of the little ones are important because they will allow us to detect pathologies that need to be corrected as soon as possible. Strabismus, amblyopia (or vague eye), or refractive defects (myopia, farsightedness or astigmatism) are the main visual defects that can present the little ones.

From 18 months the first review can be performed. Especially if there is a family history or any pathology is detected. And from the age of three you can start doing annual control reviews.

Early detection and application of appropriate treatment is essential to correct the defect and restore optimal vision. Giving a solution in time can prevent, for example, situations of school failure

Take care of the look

Apart from routine check-ups, we can also take care of our day-to-day vision by following a series of simple tips:

  • Always wear sunglasses to protect us from UV rays, both in winter and in summer.
  • Wear swimming goggles to avoid the irritating effects of chlorine.
  • Use lubricating eye drops routinely to keep the eye well hydrated and clean of impurities.
  • To clean the eyelids and eyelashes.
  • Follow a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you are a user of lenses do not use them longer than indicated and especially keep them always clean and in perfect condition.

Sight is our most precious sense. It allows us to appreciate everything around us in a very intense way. At the earliest ages is when the first visual problems may appear. You need to pay attention to the little ones and see if it is difficult for them to read or see things clearly. The most important thing is to give a quick and effective solution to any alterations that may appear so that it does not worsen, so that they always maintain a clear and sharp view of their environment.