Did You Catch Dr. Steven E. Brooks - Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology in Conversation with the Lighthouse Guild?


It's Not Too Late for Back-to-School Eye Health Tips from ColumbiaDoctors Children's Health and Lighthouse Guild.


New clothes and a new backpack may be on your child’s back-to-school list. But, what about a back-to-school eye exam? Vision is one of the keys to success in school and learning. That's why parents are encouraged to make sure their children get regular vision screenings. On Thursday, August 30 at 7 PM, ColumbiaDoctors Children’s Health and Lighthouse Guild hosted a Back-to-school Twitter chat featuring experts in the field, including Columbia Ophthalmology's Dr. Steven E. Brooks, and Lighthouse Guild’s Dr. Linda Gerra and parent, Josephine Murray. Information shared included information on how to prevent and manage childhood vision loss and tips to prepare your kids for school. It's not too late to view all the great shared content. Simply follow the tweets for ColumbiaDoctors Children's Health  @Lighthousegld. Click the "comment" icon on each question to see links to answers and full content listings posted for #EyeHealth4Kids  #BackToSchool.


August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

Here are more tips on how to safeguard your child's eye health with tips from ColumbiaDoctors Children's Health and Lighthouse Guild:

  • Eat Your Carrots – The old saying still applies. Encourage your child to eat a well-balanced diet loaded with different types of fruits and veggies, as well as fish.
  • Speak Up – Ask you child to let you know if they notice any vision changes. For instance, if their vision is blurry, they are squinting a lot, or their eyes start bothering them.
  • Wear Your Glasses – Help your child understand the importance of wearing their eyeglasses. If they are resistant, because they believe glasses are unattractive, try pointing out sports figures, and other well-known people who wear glasses. Talk with them about how to clean and store their glasses.
  • Rest Your Eyes – Looking continuously at a computer, phone or TV screen can tire eyes. Encourage your child to take a break from staring at the screen.
  • Wear Safety Gear – Make sure your child wears goggles or other types of protective eye wear while playing sports, using chemicals or tools for school projects, or engaging in other activities. Many eye injuries can be prevented with better safety habits.


For questions, contact Bryan Dotson at Manners Dotson Group, by phone: (917) 796-8632, or email: bdotson@mannersdotson.com.