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Start Them Young: Tips on Ensuring Vision Development

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Kids are visual learners; they need to be able to see what goes on around them to understand the world better. With this in mind, Park Slope Eye offers eye care tips you can practice at home. These simple habits and activities will help ensure proper vision development for your child.

Start Them Young: Tips on Ensuring Vision Development

Engage in Visual Activities

It’s never too early to engage your child in activities that require use of their developing vision. Preschool is the perfect time to practice and improve their visual acuity. One such exercise is playing catch as it will improve their hand-eye coordination. Make nighttime bonding routines more interactive by reading bedtime stories aloud to your kids, in turn familiarizing them with the shapes of letters. Provide non-toxic coloring materials such as finger paint, chalk and markers. You can also introduce them to various arts and crafts projects, but supervise their use of scissors.

Visual interactions foster creativity in children. While they might not be able to fully grasp the concepts yet, teaching them how to identify basic colors and numbers will prepare them for school. However, it’s advisable to consult an eye doctor if your child is encountering difficulties with certain visual activities.

Encourage Curiosity

Being able to explore their surroundings is crucial not only to your child’s personality growth but also to their vision development. Create a safe environment where your child can run around and take in the sights. In the absence of a kid-friendly outdoor environment, educational television programs are a good alternative, granted you limit screen exposure.

Family eye care center Park Slope Eye recognizes vision as a fundamental tool for the holistic growth of children. Our highly trained staff can interact professionally with kids and adults alike because we believe that eye care is for people of all ages. You may contact us at (347) 380-7070. We serve Brooklyn, NY, neighborhoods.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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