Millions of Americans have vision impairment or blindness, with many needing corrective eyewear or procedures to help them deal with it. Eye problems typically affect adults or seniors, but anyone can have vision conditions regardless of age.

Infants and children can experience vision loss or have eye diseases that can affect their lives. As such, it’s crucial that every member of the family gets proper eye care to ensure the health of parents and kids, preventing further complications and finding the best treatments. Here’s why eye care is essential for families and how to encourage it at home:

The Importance Of Eye Care For Family

Checking for genetic eye issues

Eye conditions are caused by various factors, many of which are out of one’s control. However, some causes of blindness and other issues are genetic. This may affect them from birth or make them more likely to develop eye diseases later in life.

Some hereditary problems that cause blindness are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. Proper eye care for the whole family can help identify genes that may affect your family’s vision.

This care can help you take preventative measures or prepare for possible blindness and vision impairment for future generations. It allows parents and children to understand their eye issues and makes it less overwhelming.

Building better habits

Parents with vision impairment issues play an essential role in modeling good habits for their children who also struggle with vision problems. Young children pay close attention to how you wear or handle glasses, what you spend time looking at, or how you ensure your eyes are taken care of. Children may not want to wear their glasses or visit an eye doctor if they notice their parents don’t do the same. When the whole family is involved in building better eye care habits, it’s easier for children to follow and practice good behavior when parents or older siblings, and relatives model it.

Improved family life

Daily life is challenging when you or other family members have unaddressed or untreated vision problems. It affects how parents perform at work or how kids perform in school and can cause stress in your home life. When the family gets the eye care they need, they can find the proper vision correction methods or lifestyle changes required to improve sight and maintain eye health. Getting vision issues addressed can lift a burden on every member, making it easier to go about life with the assurance that your eyes are in better shape.

How To Promote And Maintain Family Eye Health

Finding deals and discounts

Getting everyone’s eyes checked regularly and buying the necessary protective eyewear doesn’t come cheap, especially when the whole family is involved. However, there are many ways to cut costs, mainly by finding the best deals and discounts. When buying prescription glasses, online retailers offer many payment options; you can purchase eyewear using most vision insurance plans, both in and out-of-network. Buy now, pay later plans are also an option, allowing you to convert your purchase into smaller payments. It’s also easier to check for promos and sales when shopping online, and you can get great frames and lens coatings for less. Deals and discounts can make a big difference in the price of family eye care.

Model good behavior

As mentioned above, exhibiting proper eye care habits at home can ensure everyone, even younger children, can follow along. If your kids are hesitant about wearing glasses, parents can wear their own pairs to show them how it can benefit them and improve their vision. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet also improve eye health, and parents should be the first to model it. Too much screen time is also a critical part of eye care, as too much of it affects the eyes and causes gadget drain that affects vision and sleep due to the blue light. Parents can enforce rules on gadget usage, but should also practice what they preach and put their own phones or computers away when their children do so.

Get eye exams regularly

Even if someone in the family doesn’t need vision correction, eye exams are still important for eye care and overall health. Children should get their eyes checked every two years or annually if they need vision correction, and parents should visit the eye doctor anywhere from one to five years, depending on age and vision issues. Eye exams can be costly, but your health insurance can cover them. There are also many programs for children and babies to receive free eye exams and glasses, and they typically visit schools or libraries for easy access.

For more tips for whole-life health, check out more posts and resources from Lifestyle to help you live your best life!

Article written by Sophia Emma

Exclusively for Lifestyle Magazine

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