Hart Optical Co., 8685 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, is noting August as “Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month” with back-to-school tips about children’s vision. “Approximately one in four school age children have some type of vision problem which can affect their success in school,” said Michael Emerson, a Registered Ophthalmic Dispenser who has owned and operated Hart Optical Co. since 1987.
Emerson said, according to Prevent Blindness America, parents should be aware of the following possible warning signs of vision problems in children: Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close; Losing their place while reading or using a finger as a guide when reading; Squinting or tilting their head to see better; Frequent eye rubbing; Sensitivity to light or excessive tearing; Closing one eye to read, watch TV or to see better; Avoiding activities such as reading or homework, which requires near vision, or participating in sports or other recreational activities, which requires distance vision; Complaining of headaches or tired eyes; Avoiding using a computer, because it “hurts my eyes.”
As part of back-to-school preparations, Emerson recommends scheduling an eye exam with either an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. He also said free screenings will be available on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Kids Care Fest at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.