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Kids' Vision Care

Taking care of your eyesight and your vision is important when you're a kid. Besides eating lots of carrots, you should have regular eye exams to spot whether you have any problems with your vision as soon as possible! The sooner the eye doctor, who's called an optometrist, sees a problem, the sooner it can be fixed!

Eye Exams

You might be wondering what happens during an eye exam. First, the optometrist will do some different tests on your eyes to see if your vision is good. For example, he or she will have you read from a special eye chart that's got lines of letters and numbers on it in different sizes. You'll have to read the eye chart from left to right, first with one eye covered and then the other, so that the doctor can test both your eyes.

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If you need glasses or contact lenses, there's a special gadget - sort of like a big pair of glasses - that lets you try different prescriptions until you find the one that gives you the best and clearest vision. The doctor doing your eye exam may switch between different lenses and ask you which one looks the clearest to you. If you're really not sure, it's OK to say so - the doctor's job is to help you get the right prescription so your vision will be top-notch!

Vision Troubles

Nearsightedness and farsightedness are both common eye problems - lots of kids and adults have one or the other, but they're big words and can be confusing unless someone tells you what they mean! So here goes: nearsighted means you can see stuff that's near, like a book, but have trouble seeing stuff that's far away. Farsighted means you can see stuff that's far away, but have trouble seeing up close, like reading the print in a book. Another common eye problem is called astigmatism. This can make things look really blurry when you look at them.

Quick Fix

Glasses or contact lenses correct your vision because they let your eyes focus light in the right spot to get the clearest image. Because everyone's eyes are different, a pair of glasses that makes one person see perfectly may look really blurry to you. If you've ever tried on someone else's glasses, you totally know what we're talking about! If you need glasses or contact lenses, your doctor will write down your prescription - a piece of paper with numbers on it - which will get you the exact lenses that will correct the way your eye bends light.

Getting Glasses

You may be scared or upset about having to get glasses, but remember: they're going to make your sight a lot better and your life a lot easier! Plus, there is a FUN part about getting glasses: picking the frames. It can be fun to try different frames on. Choose ones that are comfortable and won't break, and make sure you like them, cause you'll be wearing them a lot! If you play sports, you may want to ask about eyewear you can wear on the field.

When you pick up your glasses, ask how to clean them properly and take care of them to make them last. It helps if you have a case to put them in when you're not wearing them. If you're gonna get contact lenses, you'll get some advice from the doctor on what kind will be best for you. Some are disposable (you wear them and throw them out) and others can be cleaned and used again.

Computer Vision Syndrome

A common vision problem for lots of kids today is computer vision syndrome. Many of us spend hours each day sitting in front of a computer, which can lead to symptoms like eyestrain, dry eyes, headaches, and neck and back pain. Asking kids how many hours they spend in front of the computer has become a pretty common question for lots of optometrists!

Want more info about your vision care? Visit www.healthchoices.ca.

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BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
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Arenl
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My little brother is annoying as ever, but I have to handle him. He is my brother after all.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
@Sophieeee I definitely agree with you.
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Sophieeee
 Loosing a parent is hard, your dad knows that and I'm sure that he misses your mom just as much as you do. Whether you explain to him how you are feeling or not, you should know that your Dad will always love you and admitting to him how you feel isn't going to change that. Although it is completely understandable how you feel, you need to let your dad move one eventually. It's not fair to him if he has to spend the rest of his life alone. Even though you might not see it, its a good thin that your dad is finally feeling comfortable enough to date. It doesn't mean that he is letting go of your mom or that he will forget about her, it means that he is moving on with his life. You lost your mother and he lost the love of his life. Dating other people will probably start off being just as hard for him as it is for you. My advice is that you talk to your dad. Let him know how you feel in the most gentle and understanding way that you can. Don't flat out say that you don't want him dating anyone, tell him that you still miss your mom and its hard to see him with other people. Let me know how it goes, good luck. :)
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