August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) wants families to be aware of the impact vision has on your child’s overall health and wellness. According to a recent Children’s Vision and Eye Health report, one in five preschoolers enrolled in Head Start have a vision disorder. Vision affects child development and performance, so it is crucial that children have regular eye exams and screenings to prevent and treat vision disorders.

Here are a few signs that your child may have eye problems:

  • has watery or red eyes
  • rubs eyes a lot
  • squints eyes
  • leans head forward
  • holds things close to eyes
  • has difficulty doing work up close
  • complains about his/her eyes
  • has headaches or feels sick after school work

If your child experiences any of these issues, they may need an eye exam. Vision should not impair your child’s ability to succeed in and outside of the classroom.

FHCSD is committed to improving children’s vision health.

Our vision services include:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Cataract screening
  • Glaucoma screening
  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses

Vision issues should be detected early on to prevent more severe disorders from developing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “approximately 11 million Americans aged 12 years and older could improve their vision through proper refractive correction.”  We encourage our patients (and readers of our blog!) to practice preventive care, not just for your children but for your whole family.

FHCSD currently offers vision services at Logan Heights Family Health Center and Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center, with a new vision clinic expected to open soon at El Cajon Family Health Center.

Call (619) 515-2300 to schedule an appointment at one of our vision clinics near you. You can also join us on Wednesday, August 17 for our Diamond Neighborhoods Health Fair to learn more about our expanded services.

 

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Preventblindness.org