‘No big deal,’ you think - ‘so what if my child doesn’t want to wear his helmet. He can go for a bike ride without it just this once.’ Or you get caught up in conversation at a pool party instead of keeping an eye on your toddler. It’s no surprise that accidents happen, even when we’re trying to be careful. But because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be an especially dangerous time.
Vision plays a critical role in sports and should not be jeopardized to eye injuries. Statistics show that more than 70 per cent of eye injuries occur in people under the age of 25 years of which 40 per cent occur in people under the age of 15 years and 8 per cent occur in children under the age of 5 years. Hockey accounts for 27 per cent of all sporting injuries among Canadian children. As an optometrist, I work with athletes and believe parents play an active role in encouraging their children to wear eye protection.
Did you know the average age of a cell phone user in North America is 11 years, and some users are as young as six? While there are many good reasons for your child to have a cell phone, it is increasingly more important that you teach your children how to be safe when using these devices.
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