As parents and children prepare for the start of a new school year, it may be worthwhile including an eye exam for the children in the to-do list.
Since about 80% of early learning is visual, early identification and treatment of conditions requiring corrective glasses, or of cataract, glaucoma, misaligned eyes (squint) etc. could help prevent poor performance at school. Eye tumors, such as retinoblastoma can also be picked up.
The Healthy Eyes Activity Book – A Health Teaching Book for Primary Schools is a unique collaborative effort between an ophthalmologist, an educationist and children in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Bangladesh and the UK. It is a useful tool to help parents, teachers and children alike address the issue of maintaining healthy eyes for children, such as how to avoid eye injuries.
The book has been translated into several languages, including French (Livre d’activités sur les yeux sains).