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September 2, 2014

Does your Child Need an Eye Exam?

Child Eye ExamWhen I was a kid, I didn’t realize trees had leaves.

I mean I knew they were THERE. I just didn’t realize we were supposed to be able to see them. Growing up in Virginia the trees towered over my house. It was all just a fuzzy mess of green to me. I vividly remember coming home after my first eye appointment wearing an oh so stylish new pair of glasses (I need to go back in time and give my 10 year old self a fashion lesson).

I got glasses because I couldn’t see the chalk board at school. I hear all about how great I would do in school once I could see clearly.

But no one told me about the trees.

No one told me how amazing it would be to just lay in my front yard, staring up at those thousands and thousands of crisp little leaves.

I’m telling you, it was life changing.

As an adult who can’t read the time on my alarm clock when it is 4 inches in front of my face, I wake up every morning grateful that my contacts and glasses give me the ability to see.

As a parent, I’ve made a real effort to make sure my kids have regular eye exams. I think of all the things I missed that I didn’t even know I was missing because I couldn’t see. This year, 15 million kids will go back to school with undiagnosed vision problems. I was one of those kids. I don’t want my kids to experience the same thing.

What do you need to know as a parent?

Vision care needs to be a priority. Did you know that in-school screenings do not provide the same level of detection as comprehensive eye exams? You can take your child to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam starting as young as six months old. It’s recommended that your child goes in again at age 3, just before starting kindergarten, and every year after that.

80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes so an eye exam should be an essential item on your back-to-school list.

Look for these common signs of vision problems:

  • squinting
  • head tilting
  • avoiding “close work”
  • trouble focusing
  • continuous rubbing of eyes
  • headaches

If your child has any of these symptoms, it’s important to get him in for a comprehensive eye exam right away.

But eye exams are expensive, aren’t they?

VSPThe short answer is, “yea, they can be”.

The financial burden of good eye care can be heavy, especially if you don’t have vision insurance. Vision insurance has been a huge money saver at my house and has allowed me to keep my own prescription up to date so I can see the world as clearly as possible.

About VSP Vision Care (VSP)

As the only national not-for-profit in vision care, VSP reinvests in the things its nearly 60 million members value most – the best care at the lowest out-of-pocket costs. With a network of 30,000 doctors and highest credentialing requirements, VSP members have the freedom to choose the provider, location, and eyewear that’s right for them. It’s easy to see why VSP is consumers’ #1 choice in vision care.

SeeMuchMore.com is a one-stop site for all the information you need about enrolling in vision benefits. The site includes a virtual savings calculator to estimate your savings with VSP vision benefits and helpful information about maintaining healthy vision. You can also play an interactive game for a chance to win daily prizes.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

About Rachel

Rachel knows what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 6 incredibly different kids, including newborn twins (and one tiny angel who passed away at birth), she's just about seen it all . . . when she isn't too sleep deprived to notice.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English and is a former teacher. She is the creator of Busy Mommy Media and works as a freelance writer from home.

Comments

  1. Oh my! I had the same experience with the trees in college once I finally got glasses. It was seriously life-changing. Who knew you could see individual leaves!? It was such an eye opener.

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