Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: Protect Your Children’s Eyes During the Eclipse—and Always!

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August 18, 2017

With a total eclipse of the sun occurring Monday, August 21, NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards. Children could be at risk, so take care to ensure they are aware of the danger of looking directly at the solar eclipse. 

While the solar eclipse is raising awareness of potential eye injuries, eye injuries can happen anytime. The WHA Information Center reported that from April 2016 - March 2017, Wisconsin hospital emergency rooms treated 1,913 children for eye-related injuries and saw 539 more in urgent care settings. 

As children grow, be vigilant about eye health. The earlier problems are identified, the sooner they can be addressed. Below are four tips for healthy eyes and vision:
  • Get regular childhood vision screenings
  • Know and share your family eye health history
  • Watch for signals of eye problems
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports
Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the August 18, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter