It’s always disappointing to find out that we don’t have perfect vision. For teenagers, however, not catching vision problems early on can cause significant repercussions throughout the rest of their lives. Teenagers’ eyes are constantly growing and changing; so much so that some teens with vision problems have to change prescriptions more than once a year. Because of this, it’s vital that every parent understand their teen’s visual health.
Increased Risk of Eye Problems
Eye problems can sneak up on just about anyone, but teenagers are at more risk for this now than at any other point in history. Teens used to have to go out to socialize and read from a book to do their homework. Nowadays, they can do all of this, and much more, while sitting in front of a computer.
Staring at a computer or other backlit screen (ie. television, iPad) can cause serious strain on a teenager’s eyes. These visual problems caused by computer use are so significant they actually have their own diagnosis name: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). This makes it more important now than ever to take care of a teen’s visual health.
Protecting the Visual Health of Teenagers
It’s an unfortunate truth that teenagers are going to be in front of computer screens a good portion of the time. Luckily, there are a few ways in which a parent can help their teen maintain sound vision while still accomplishing everything that they need done.
Make sure teens take a break every twenty minutes to visually focus on something away from the computer. Limit unnecessary computer use. Include essential fatty acids and antioxidants in teen’s diet. Get yearly vision tests since teen eyes are continually growing.
When Visual Correction is Needed
Many teens won’t want to wear corrective lenses, but unfortunately, it may be a necessity. Parents should discuss the potential of contact lenses with their teen if they’re self-conscious about glasses; this is absolutely vital.
Several studies have shown that teenagers with uncorrected vision do worse in school than their counterparts with glasses or contacts. This is often caused by their inability to see notes on the board, read information in a timely manner or clearly see test questions. When corrective lenses are prescribed, a teenager’s future could literally depend on whether they have them or not.
Eye health is of the utmost importance during the teen years. Good habits can start that may prevent the need for visual correction, and if that need arises, following an eye doctor’s directions can prevent further degradation. Unfortunately, teenagers aren’t always the most proactive when it comes to health issues. This means that it’s up to parents to keep their teenager’s vision healthy.