The safety of our children is our main priority as parents. One crucial aspect often overlooked is their eyesight. In the digital age, where screens are ubiquitous, it’s more important than ever to safeguard and enhance our children’s vision. This article explores five essential ways to protect and improve your child’s eyesight, providing actionable insights for parents and caregivers.
5 Ways to Protect and Improve Your Child’s Eyesight
Regular Eye Checkups for Early Detection
Routine eye checkups are the foundation of good eye health. Just as we take our children to the pediatrician, regular visits to the optometrist are essential. These visits can detect vision issues before they become significant problems. Early intervention is key to preventing long-term eye conditions that could hinder your child’s development.
Balanced and Nutritious Diet
A well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients is not only crucial for overall health but also plays a vital role in eye health. Foods containing nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and omega-3 fatty acids contribute to maintaining clear vision and preventing eye conditions. Include colorful fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, fish, and nuts in your child’s diet to support their visual development.

In today’s digital age, children spend a considerable amount of time in front of screens, from computers to smartphones. Prolonged screen exposure can strain their eyes and contribute to digital eye strain. Encourage your child to follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. This easy technique eases tension in the eye muscles and lessens strain.
Provide Adequate Lighting and Ergonomics
Proper lighting and ergonomics are often underestimated factors in maintaining good eyesight. Ensure that your child’s study area is well-lit with ambient and task lighting to prevent eye strain. Additionally, set up their workspace ergonomically, with the monitor at eye level and proper posture, to minimize discomfort and optimize visual clarity.
Outdoor Activities for Eye Health
Spending time outdoors is not only beneficial for physical well-being but also for eye health. Natural sunlight provides a rich source of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy eyes. Encourage your child to engage in outdoor activities like playing sports, biking, or simply exploring nature. These activities not only promote physical fitness but also contribute to maintaining clear vision.
Q: Is it necessary for my child to have regular eye checkups even if they don’t show any signs of vision problems?
Yes, regular eye checkups are essential to catch potential issues early, as some problems might not exhibit obvious symptoms. Early detection can prevent future complications.
Q: Can a child’s diet really impact their eyesight?
Absolutely! Nutrient-rich foods like carrots (rich in vitamin A) and leafy greens (packed with antioxidants) contribute to good eyesight and overall eye health.
Q: How can I help my child follow the 20-20-20 rule effectively? Remind your child to set a timer or use apps that provide regular reminders to take breaks. Encourage them to use break time for a quick walk or stretching.
Q: What role does natural sunlight play in eye health?
Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, which is linked to reduced risk of eye conditions like macular degeneration. Outdoor activities also promote distance vision and reduce the risk of nearsightedness.
Q: Are there any indoor activities that can help improve my child’s eyesight?
Yes, activities like reading, puzzles, and board games stimulate visual skills. However, it’s important to balance indoor and outdoor activities for optimal eye health.
Q: Can poor posture really affect my child’s eyesight?
Yes, poor posture can strain the muscles around the eyes, leading to discomfort and blurry vision. Maintaining good posture supports overall eye health.
Prioritizing your child’s eyesight is a crucial aspect of their overall health and development. By following these five strategies—regular eye checkups, a balanced diet, managing screen time, optimizing lighting and ergonomics, and encouraging outdoor activities—you can ensure that your child enjoys the benefits of healthy vision well into their future.
Remember, taking proactive steps today will pave the way for a brighter and clearer tomorrow for your child’s eyesight.
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Dr. Bryan Fuller

Dr. Bryan Fuller of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Fuller grew up in Issaquah, Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. He decided to ditch the calculator and trade it in for a phoropter and slit lamp. He headed east to The Ohio State University where he received his Optometry degree in 1998. Go Bucks! Not wanting to return to the gray of Washington, after graduation, he headed southwest to sunny Arizona. Shortly thereafter he met Dr. McPhelan and they partnered up at their original location, Optical Illusions. With the success of the first location, the two doctors opened up their north location, Optique at the Ridge. After many years of operating the two locations, it was time for an upgrade. In 2016 they merged the two locations into their larger and current location, Tatum Eyecare! When not at the office, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending his free time with his amazing wife and two boys. Dr. Fuller holds the following degrees:

Ohio State University - Doctorate of Optometry
Washington State University - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Dr. James McPhelan

Dr. James McPhelan of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. McPhelan grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1976, then started practicing optometry in Arizona in 1977. Over the next few years, he grew 20/20 Eye Care to 15 offices. In 1999, he and Dr. Fuller took over Optical Illusions, then opened Optique at the Ridge. In 2016, they created Tatum Eyecare. In his spare time, Dr. McPhelan is an avid golfer, often competing in multiple tournaments through the year. Dr. McPhelan holds the following degrees:

Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Houle

Dr. Houle
Dr. Houle is following in her father's footsteps as an optometrist. She is a North Dakota native who received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry. Dr. Houle began her career in eye care more than 10 years ago, and she worked as a receptionist, optician, and technician before becoming an optometrist. She has a particular interest in the management of ocular disease including dry eye and glaucoma. In her free time, Dr. Houle is an avid baseball fan (go Twins!) and spends as much time as possible with her friends and family in both Arizona and North Dakota.

Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry
University of North Dakota - Bachelor of Science: Biology

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. O’Daniel was born in the beautiful mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Wright State University and graduated with his BS in Biology in 1977; shortly thereafter, beginning his Masters in BioChemistry.

Dr. O’Daniel is also a 1983 graduate of the Illinois College Optometry. He met his wife Lori during this period. Lori, a Chicago native, became an integral part of his practice (and life!) shortly thereafter.
He moved to Scottsdale in 1986 to begin practicing inside LensCrafters. In 1990 Dr. O'Daniel opened the Scottsdale LensCrafters, and he also presided as its director of Optometric services.
Dr. O’Daniel became an Optometrist because of his love and passion for photography, physics, and desire provide patients with the ability to see the world more clearly. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. O’Daniel provides complete eye care services for the surrounding communities ages seven and up.
Dr. O’Daniel has had a working relationship with both Dr. Fuller and McPhellan for over two decades. He has served as past director for the Arizona Optometric Association, and past President of the Central Arizona Optometric Society. In January, 2018 Dr. O’Daniel decided to join Tatum Eye Care, the premier Eye Care Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Dr. O’Daniel’s goal is simple: Provide Excellent Eye Care, treat patients as family, and treat everyone honestly and fairly!

Dr. Christina Wong

Dr. Christina Wong of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
A southern California native, Dr. Wong attended UCLA where she received her B.S. in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Wong moved to Arizona to complete a residency in ocular disease at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following residency, Dr. Wong earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Wong provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, from pediatrics through seniors. She has a special interest in the management of medical eye conditions including glaucoma, eye infections, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy.
Outside of the office, Dr. Wong enjoys running, going to the beach, rooting for the Bruins, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
University of California Los Angeles - B.S. in Biology
Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Ryan Felten

Dr. Felten of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Felten is a native to Arizona, and was raised in North Phoenix where most of his family still resides. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University; then returned home to Arizona to pursue his Doctor of Optometry at Midwestern University in Glendale. While at Midwestern University, he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Felten enjoys working with patients of all ages and also speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Felten holds the following degrees:

Brigham Young University - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Midwestern University - Doctorate of Optometry