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How Are Your Children’s Eyes?

Over the holiday period, RANZCO has been promoting some key public health messaging on eye health issues through both mainstream and social media.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Dr Shanel Sharma was interviewed by SBS news and highlighted the eye health risks of common children’s toys, including lasers and swords.

She provided some practical advice including encouraging parents to choose age-appropriate toys, supervise playtime, teach toy, avoid high-risk toys and provide eye protection for high risk activities.

On New Year’s Eve, RANZCO issued a media statement warning of the risks to eye health of fireworks and champagne cork popping, suggesting practical strategies to enjoy festivities without taking unnecessary risks.

Over the last two weeks of January we released three media statements, along with supporting social media posts, focusing on children’s eye health to capitalise on the holiday and back-to-school period.

Last week, we put out a statement urging parents to seek a back-to-school eye check for their children in order to identify any vision issues and to set them up for a productive year of learning and growth.

In the release, Dr Sharma outlined the important connections between vision and children’s social, emotional and educational outcomes and highlighted the collaborative approach to vision screening supported by RANZCO.

Over the Australia Day weekend, we released a statement reminding parents of the dangers of UV radiation on eye health and providing some useful information on how to choose protective sunglasses.

Finally, as children return to school after school holidays, we are encouraging parents to prioritise their children’s eye health by giving them ten practical tips which they can follow to maximise their children’s visual potential and avoid preventable harms.


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Last updated: February 12, 2024

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