This post is sponsored by Think About Your Eyes. I’m sharing as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.
Did you know May is healthy vision month? As all moms know, when you have kids you take on a whole new level of responsibility. Those little people depend on you for everything. With so many things vying for your time, sometimes you just have to prioritize, right? Like maybe that haircut can wait until next week, and those shoes that need to be replaced? One more week won’t be the end of the world.
However, there are some things that are essential. One of those things is an eye exam. May is healthy vision month, so I thought it was a good time to talk about getting the kids that check up.
I was shocked to find out that only two in five parents believe eye exams are essential to a child’s healthy checkup schedule. That’s just 40%! Parents seem to agree that both the doctor and the dentist are important, but 60% say the eye doctor is not crucial. In fact, younger children really miss out. Only 36% of parents with children 6 and under think eye exams are one of those essential appointments.
Ready for a real shocker? One-third of parents have never taken their kids to the eye doctor at all! And for kids 6 and under, that number increases to almost half. The American Optometric Association recommends children be examined three times by the time they are 6 years old. Many times, the first time parents take kids to the eye doctor is when they have symptoms. And what about the kids who don’t mention it? What about the children who sit in class and struggle to see the board, not realizing that glasses are needed? By they way, those exams in school should not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam.
An eye exam is important for all children and should not be confused with the eye screenings that often occur at school. These screenings, while important, cannot provide the same level of eye care and diagnosis that a comprehensive eye exam can. ~ The Vision Council
I found out how frightening it can be to have your vision compromised. I had eye surgery a few years ago for nearsightedness. About six months ago I realized I was seeing spots with one eye. At first I thought it was my imagination, but after a few days of swatting at things that weren’t there, I headed to my regular eye doctor. She didn’t like what she saw, and sent me around the corner to a specialist. Fifteen minutes later I was seated in a chair at an ophthalmologists who asked if I could call someone to drive me home because I had a detached retina. In addition, he said I would have to sleep sitting up for five days.
I remember saying, Whoa. This is not good timing. I’m going to have to schedule this for later. The doctor just looked at me and said, You don’t seem to understand. You could lose the sight in this eye if we don’t do this NOW. Obviously, that was all I needed to hear. My husband came to pick me up and the surgery took place ten minutes later. What if I hadn’t gone to the doctor that day? What if I had waited?
Let’s not wait until there are issues with your child’s vision to make that eye appointment. To find an eye doctor near you, visit Think About Your Eyes. I don’t know about you, but taking the time to set that appointment is the hardest step for me. Once I’ve got it scheduled, I know I’ll be able to follow through and check that appointment off my list! I hope you’ll join me in taking our kids to the eye doctor this month. I’m setting up appointments for as soon as school is over.
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