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Other ways to prevent blindness
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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Blind > Chapter 16: Why Children Lose Their Vision and What We Can Do > Other ways to prevent blindness
Keep your children's eyes clean. When their eyes are infected or have pus, clean them often with a clean cloth wet with clean water. Anyone with an eye infection should try to see a health worker.
Eyes should not be touched if you or your child has a cold sore anywhere. The infection that causes cold sores can cause blindness if it gets into the eye.
Women need to take special care of themselves when they are pregnant. They need to have enough good food to eat. A health worker can help pregnant women learn how to:
- stay healthy
- prevent blindness in their babies by staying away from people with German measles (rubella)
- avoid using certain medicines
Health workers should promote breastfeeding so women can pass
nutrition and immunities to their children through their breast milk.
Health workers can also try to get all
children vaccinated against infectious diseases like measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella).