Our eyes - the windows to the world

Our eyes show us our world. With just one glance, we instantly register colour, distance, size, even texture. We can tell how someone feels just by looking at them. And we move effortlessly through our day because of these amazingly complex organs.

Children especially depend on their sight to learn, grow and develop. So it’s important that your children learn to take good care of their eyes to ensure they serve them well throughout their lives.


Vision Problems

Our kids (and adults, too!) often take their eyes for granted, and only realise their importance after they start to experience eye problems. Ask your child if they experience any of these early signs of eye problems:
  • Difficulty in adjusting to dark rooms.
  • Difficulty focusing on objects.
  • Sensitivity to light or glare.
  • Change in colour of the iris.
  • Red-rimmed, swollen eyelids.
  • Persistent pain in or around the eyes.
  • Double vision.
  • Seeing light flashes, dark spots or ghost-like images.
  • Seeing distorted appearance of lines and edges.
  • Excess tearing or ‘watery eyes’.
  • Dry eyes with itching or burning sensa​tion.
  • Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden hazy or blurred vision.
  • Seeing halos or rainbows around light.

Protecting our children’s eyes
The importance of early detection and treatment
If your child experiences any of the symptoms listed, consult an eye care professional immediately. Many eye diseases can be prevented or slowed down with early treatment and proper care.

Go for regular eye checks
Make it a habit to take your child for an eye check at least once a year. It is recommended that children get their eyes checked at 6 months old, 3 years old and just before they go into primary school.

The eye care professional may prescribe spectacles to correct your child’s vision problems. As a parent, you can make sure your child knows how to take care of their spectacles and keep them clean.

Get active, stay healthy
Healthy lifestyle habits play an important role in eye care. Serving well-balanced meals to your child will help them stay healthy and keep the eyes in good condition. Encourage your child to be active, and avoid unhealthy habits like smoking, to reduce the risk of getting eye diseases.

Safety first
Eye injuries that cause vision loss can be easily prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear. This can be especially important if your child is involved in sports like tennis or basketball, playing with projectile toy guns or recreational paintball guns.​