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5 Tips to Protect and Help Maintain Your Camper's Eye Health this Summer!
Guest post by Brian Trota
Summer is upon us and you know what that means? It’s summer camp season! My wife and I just welcomed our first born child a few months ago, so it will be a while before we send him off to camp. But many of you are smiling as you remember your experiences of having sent your kids to summer camps throughout the years. I know from my nieces that summer camp can be a lot of fun: meeting new people, making lasting friendships, and learning a lot of new things.
While you prepare your child for a summer of healthy growth and experiences, don’t forget to keep his or her eyes healthy as well! Here are 5 tips to keep your kid’s eyes thoroughly protected this summer:
- Buy a Good Pair of Sun Glasses. It’s imperative to buy a good pair of sunglasses for your child. So do your research and make sure to find ways to keep them secure on him or her. Kids usually have a habit of losing things quickly!
- Eat Healthy. It’s important to provide your child with a healthy diet with food from the four major food groups . . . it even helps their eyes! Foods like strawberries, oranges, eggs, and carrots are easy to incorporate into snacks. Be sure to ask camp officials what healthy food options they provide!
- Eye Exercises. Kids may think this is boring, but it’s essential that they do some quick eye exercises in order to keep their eyes in tip-top shape. One easy exercise is to tell them to move their eyes left to right and then up and down for about 20 seconds every few hours. This is very useful if they are doing an activity or focusing on something for a long period of time.
- Don’t Stare at the Sun or the Sun’s Glare. When your child doesn’t have his or her sunglasses on, looking at the sun or catching the sun’s glare is unavoidable. Prolonged staring at the sun or the sun’s glare can do permanent damage to your child’s eye. So tell them to be sure they wear a good pair of sunglasses as much as they can when they are out and about — especially around bodies of water.
- Always Be Aware. Although the above four tips are all logical steps in helping maintain and protect campers' vision, one of the most important tips is teaching them to be aware of their surroundings. There are so many everyday things like sports equipment and activities that pose a threat to your child’s vision. But not to worry; get your child thinking about their environment — especially ones they aren’t too familiar with — so that they can pay attention to any potential hazards.
This guest post was specially written for the American Camp Association by Brian Trota. For more articles about eye health and eye wear tips visit the EyeBlog found at www.GlassesOnWeb.com.
Photo courtesy of Camp Howe, Goshen, Massachusetts