Measles is thought to be a harmless childhood disease, but it can be very dangerous because it has been linked to vision problems. Therefore if you are a parent, you should take time out to understand the disease, and also be aware of the steps to take to protect your children from measles, as it can rob their sight.
Measles and the threat of vision loss
Measles can cause the cornea of the eye to become cloudy or irritated. Conjunctivitis (red eyes), is common among children with measles, and while this is usually temporary, there are instances in which it may lead to the inflammation of the cornea. This can cause the cornea to degenerate and lead to vision loss. Measles also has the potential to damage cells in the retina, and this can also cause vision loss that cannot be reversed.
How to protect your child
Vaccinating your children is the best way to protect them against measles. Ensuring that your family’s vaccination is up-to-date is the only way to guard against the spread of the disease. Statistics show that the vast majority of children who contract measles in the US are not immunized. Neglecting immunization will therefore put you and your children at risk.
If your child displays any vision problems, which is accompanied by the rash that is associated with measles, be sure to have them checked right away.
For more information on the steps to take to protect your children from measles, contact the New View Eye Center, Reston, VA. Ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths will take the necessary precautions to protect your child’s ocular health. Call 703 834 9777 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Griffiths. You can also go to www.newviewlasereye.com/link-measles-vision-loss-children to learn more.