Think About Your Eyes Before the School Year Begins!


This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Of the members in my family of 10, only 2 of us (myself included) do not wear eye glasses. I've never had trouble with my eye health or vision before and I can proudly say that I have 20/20 vision. Eye health is really important in my family and we make sure to get our annual checkup especially before the school year begins.

Did you know that August is Eye Exam Awareness Month?

Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign that encourages others to get their annual comprehensive eye exams and the importance and benefits of eye health.

It is so important for parents to remember to take their children for eye exams before school starts to set them up for success this school year. You don't want to wait until they show signs and symptoms of troubled vision and wait until the last minute to get their eyes checked. Sometimes you may not even know they're having trouble.

Experts say that 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have eye problems. It is so important to get your child’s vision checked before symptoms occur so that the optometrist can catch and correct any vision problems that could possibly interfere with their learning.

Only 40% of parents feel that an eye exam is an important part of a child’s healthy checkup yet roughly 80% of parents say that an annual trip to the dentist and pediatrician are essential.

You might not even know that your child may have eye problems if you’re not taking them to the optometrist every year for a check up. As children are growing, their eye sight could be changing too and if treated at an early stage, it could prevent challenges they may face at school.

Zach is five years old and I have never thought about getting his eyes checked before the Think About Your Eyes campaign. When I learned more about it, I immediately scheduled an eye exam for both of us. Now I’m confident that we will both have successful school years without any vision trouble.

When back to school shopping, don’t forget that your child might need a new pair of prescription glasses to get ready for the school year. And if your child doesn’t wear glasses, getting eye exams is important in assessing their overall eye health.

Often times when we’re getting our kids ready for school, we forget about their eyes when they’re getting a check up. It’s easy to schedule a proper eye exam and you can even use the Think About Your Eyes website to find a location near you.

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