Should kids wear sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection? Yes, reports the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Children and teens are vulnerable to UV rays because their eyes are not as developed as adults’ eyes. In fact, the ocular lens in youngsters cannot properly handle sunlight, so the sun can easily damage their retinas.
About 80 percent of what children learn in school is information that is presented visually. And as children learn, their brain grows. Food is one of many factors that affect how children develop healthy brains and cognitive systems.
Children need good vision just to have a better chance to learn. The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that 25 percent of school-age children have a vision problem that may affect their learning and behavior.
It is important for children to have their eyes examined regularly to detect vision problems at an early age.
Many parents wonder whether is it important to take care of your child’s first teeth, since they will fall out in early childhood. The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
Years ago, scientists discovered that when people are blind, their brain and other senses adapt and compensate for the lost vision. Recently researchers revealed that congenitally blind people also have enhanced skills in processing numerical information.
Many people may consider deferring the purchase of a vision plan for adult family members in order to save money on monthly premium expenses. With the Affordable Care Act’s requirement of pediatric Essential Health Benefits (which includes vision) for all children under age 19, health professionals are concerned parents will purchase vision coverage for their children, but not for themselves.
Many kids diagnosed with chronic illnesses, such as asthma and type 1 diabetes, are skipping or not taking prescribed medications as directed, according to research conducted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As a result, many are ending up in the emergency room (ER) for medical complications.
HCM is the most common inherited heart disease, affecting 1 in 500 people, making it more prevalent than the occurrence of muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and AIDS in the United States.
In a virtual-reality setting in the university’s Youth Safety Lab, the scientists simulated a pedestrian street-crossing situation. Then they evaluated the behaviors of teens crossing the street based on the number of hours of sleep they had the night before. The teens were allowed either 4 hours or 8 ½ hours of sleep.