Now it’s getting colder, you’ll want to wrap your child up against the elements and make sure they don’t succumb to those pesky winter sniffles, but don’t overlook the care their eyes need.
A good diet is essential for healthy eyes. Make sure you cook food with plenty of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables to give your child the carotene their eyes need, and make grains, nuts, poultry and fish part of their regular diet to get the antioxidants they need into their systems. Omega-3 is also important, as Perfect Wellness explains, because it can help fight eye disease such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
If you opt to go skiing, make sure you all wear sunglasses with at least 95 per cent UV protection. The damaging UV light from the sun can be made even more dangerous when it is reflected by the snow, so it’s not worth taking a risk with your child’s eyes. They shouldn’t complain – everyone will be wearing sunglasses as they ski.
Even if you don’t hit the slopes this season, your eyes could be subjected to harmful ultaviolet rays that are just as strong as they are in the summertime. If the sun is bright even though it’s freezing cold out, why not get your child a pair of sunglasses that offer a high level of protection? If your child is young and needs persuading to wear them, a pair of sunglasses in their favourite colour or baring their cartoon hero’s logo could help.
Cold winter winds can cause many problems for your family’s eyes, so protect them as much as you can with a hood or a wide-brimmed hat.
It’s perfectly understandable that we all want to huddle round an indoor heater in winter, but this heat can really dry out and irritate your family’s eyes. To counteract this, you could consider investing in a humidifier which will stop the air being so dry.
If you have a child who is in his or her late teens and is tired of their poor vision and the temporary solutions they have to use to correct it, it may be a good time to book them in for a laser eye surgery consultation. By correcting any vision problems, the procedure frees your child from the restraints of wearing glasses – which could do wonders for their confidence – and removes the need for them to have to worry about the cost and hassle of contact lenses. Once their eyes are corrected, they can concentrate on protecting them as usual.
This post has been sponsored by Ultralase IE.