Protecting Kids’ Eyes from Sun Damage

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.


10 Foods for Children’s Brain Development

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.


Learning Through Your Eyes

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.

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Start Early for Good Oral Health

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!”


Do you REALLY Need Vision Insurance?

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.


Emergency Room Visits Higher for Kids Who Skip Diabetes and Asthma Meds

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.

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Sleep Deprivation and Teen Pedestrian Accidents

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.