National Geographic : 1936 Sep
How Good Are Your Child's Eyes? Being taught to play the "E" game Childrenthink of it as a goodgame and readily respond when asked to show which way the legs of the "funny little 'E' animal"point. Up, down orsidewisego theirarms. In this way, boys andgirls,before they know theirletters, indicatefairlyaccuratelyhow well they can see. SCHOOL work means years of hard use Sfor young eyes. Backwardness in school is frequently the result of defective eye sight. Before children go to school make sure their eyes are fit for study. Modern eyesight tests are of great impor tance in demonstrating whether a child's eyes are fit to assume this strain. Many kindergartens are using the "E" Chart supplied by the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness to discover gross defects of vision. Eye troubles are usually due to faults in the structure of the eye, to disease either in the eye or in other parts of the body, to some deficiency in the diet, to strain, or to improper use of the eyes. Eyes need special attention during and following serious illness. Some visual defects may grow progressively worse if nothing is done to correct them. It is no use hoping that children will out- grow "cross-eye." But corrective measures save thousands of boys and girls yearly from becoming permanently cross-eyed. Astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsight edness can usually be corrected by glasses. Diseases of the eyes require special medical treatment. Food plays an essential part in keeping eyes healthy. Of special importance to the health of the eyes are foods which contain Vitamin A, such as cream, butter, milk and fish oils. Take no chances with vision by trying to fit your child with glasses, or by relying on home treatment. Eyes are too precious. Consult a specialist. Attention to the eyes should always be a part of regular health examinations. The Metropolitan will be glad to send you, free, a booklet, "Care of the Eyes". It con tains valuable information that you should have. Address Booklet Department 9 36-N. Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER c. ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. ,. LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board ©1s3 M.L.. co. President "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." lmtI mr memr Rrr"