I participated in my first Twitter party last week.  As children go back to school, the party focused on children’s vision.  The Twitter Party was sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom, an online community for moms (and people who love kids) and Eye Smart (American Academy of Ophthalmology). The party was 1 hour long, and every 10 minutes or so, the party host would pose a question for all the participants to consider.  Links were also provided to answer the questions and win prizes!  All the party-goers were tweeting questions and answers…. it was chaotic and very organized at the same time.  It was fun to read and respond to all the ideas that were being tweeted.  My keyboarding skills (and my synapses) got quite a workout in that hour!

Here are some of the ideas and questions that were presented during the party:

  • Good vision is important to a child’s’ ability to succeed in school.
  • What do you think is the most important thing you can do to keep your child’s eyes healthy?
  • It is essential to check vision & eye health through their childhood, including school years.
  • As your children head back to school, make sure they have the visual skills to be successful in the classroom.
  • There are several important times for children to have eye exams: as newborns, during infancy, preschool age, and when entering school.
  • The 3 most common “refractive” vision problems in children: hyperopia, myopia and astigmatism.
  • As we head back to the classroom, it’s a great time to teach kids about eye health and the science of vision.
  • Every year, a whopping 3 MILLION school days are missed because of Pink Eye.
  • 90% of sport-related eye injuries could be prevented by wearing protective eyewear.
  • If your child’s eyes are strained from too much screen time, practice the “20-20-20” rule: Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.

Don’t forget, good vision and eye health are key to your kids success in the classroom and safety on the playground.