4 Critical Facts Every Triangle Parent Should Know About Children’s Vision

Good vision is important throughout life. Children often learn about their world with their eyes!  Triangle parents can ensure their children have the best possible vision by learning about protecting against eye injuries and how to be alert to possible vision problems. Dr. Beth R. Friedland treats patients of all ages and has a particular interest in pediatric ophthalmology, so she is the perfect doctor for parents in the Raleigh Durham area looking for an eye health professional. To aid parents’ understanding of eye health,  Park Ophthalmology has compiled four important facts about childhood vision.

All parents should be aware of the following four facts about children’s eye health:

  • Toys: Toy manufacturers have made great strides in making their products safer for children. Nevertheless, about 11,000 toy-related eye injuries happen to children each year, according to Prevent Blindness America. Many of these injuries can be prevented with proper adult supervision and by making sure the toys are age-appropriate.
  • Sports: Sports account for a staggering 100,000 physician visits annually for eye injuries in school-aged children. In many sports, players are not required to wear protective goggles or eyewear, yet this simple practice could prevent many injuries.
  • Vision correction: Sometimes trouble in school results from vision problems. Children with headaches, eye pain, trouble seeing the blackboard, difficulty paying attention and blurry or double vision should have their eyes checked. Prescription eyeglasses or contacts can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism so the child can succeed in school.
  • Eye health: Parents can take important steps to help children maintain optimal eye health. In addition to regular examinations for refractive issues, parents should also ensure that their children know the appropriate ways to use toys and other items that can cause injuries. When children begin to play sports, parents can make sure their children wear polycarbonate eye protection, which will not interfere with their young athlete’s vision. Finally, a diet that includes fish, eggs, dairy products, vegetables such as carrots and kale, seeds and nuts provides many nutrients that eyes need to stay healthy.

Concerned about your youngster’s vision? Call Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Friedland. She’ll help you understand what you can do to protect your child’s vision.

Everyone at Park Ophthalmology wishes all a Happy and Prosperous Holiday Season! 


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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