I know that I haven’t always taken that much interest in my vision or my overall eye health. At about age 13 I started wearing glasses. But to be honest, as a teen they were just something that I had to wear. I didn’t take great care of them, they were just something I had to have.
Then I got a little older. Start paying for your own eye exams and glasses and somehow they become much more important. Plus with age comes the added benefit of realizing that these are the only eyes I will ever get and I need to take care of them.
Did you know that annual eye exams are important? Not just to keep up with any prescription changes but annual exams can also alert your doctor to other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among others.
Then in 2006 we had this little man. I admit that while we knew some of the basic signs to watch for such as sitting too close to the TV, we missed the fact that he needed glasses. We were lucky enough to have great vision insurance so we took him in for an eye exam just because.
Better late than never, right?
As you get your children ready to go back to school, don’t forget that getting them an annual comprehensive eye exam can help them learn and experience life to the fullest.
- Parents should take their children to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam starting as young as six months old, then again at three years old, before kindergarten and every year after that.
- In-school screenings do not provide the same level of detection as comprehensive eye exams.
- 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, making an eye exam essential for your back-to-school “to do” list.
- Common signs of vision problems include squinting, head tilting, avoiding “close work,” trouble focusing, continuous rubbing of eyes, and headaches.
- 1 in 4 children has an undetected vision condition that can negatively impact learning.
But eye exams can also put a financial strain on families. I know that ours run almost $90 for an exam for glasses and contacts. Without insurance and for a family of 4, that can really add up.
VSP Vision Care can help.
What are the benefits of enrolling in vision insurance? With VSP Vision Care, you can:
- Keep your eyes healthy with highly credentialed doctors who provide the most thorough exams.
- Save money – the average VSP member saves approximately $320 each year with vision insurance!
- Get access to great eyewear – more than two dozen brands and hundreds of styles to choose from!
Learn more about eye health with VSP Vision Care and keep up with your families eyes.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.