This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
If your house is anything like mine, you are in full back to school mode! That means shopping, meal planning and a whole host activities that go with heading back to school. For us, this means sports physicals as well, but there’s an important part of my children’s health that I don’t always think about, but definitely am now and that is eye health! This is particular important as school starts…check out this video from Think About Your Eyes, which is a national public awareness campaign that promotes the benefits of eye health. It’s pretty powerful!
After I saw this, I was pretty astounded. How horrible would it be if one of my kiddos was struggling like that to see, and I wasn’t even aware? For me, one of the key points was that kids may not necessarily know when they are having vision trouble, because they may not know what “normal” vision is like. Vision is so important for learning – around 80% of what children learn comes through their eyes, but an astounding 86% of children do not receive comprehensive eye exams, and with 25% of school-aged children having eye problems, the issue is critical.
I know that my children’s eye health hasn’t always been at the forefront of my mind. And I’m not alone. Only 40% of parents feel that an eye exam is part of a child’s healthy checkup schedule, as opposed to 80% who say that a yearly trip to the pediatrician and dentist are must-dos. I have always sort of relied on my pediatrician to catch eye issues, but scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist before school starts in the fall allows a thorough exam that can help identify a child’s vision problems before it starts to affect their learning.
August is Eye Exam Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to get your kids an appointment to see an eye doctor. You can use the Think About Your Eyes eye care professional locator to find an eye doctor near you and schedule an exam today! I know I will be, because I want to make sure that if my kids have eye problems, we can detect them early when they are most treatable.
So how are you getting ready for back to school? And how to you make sure that your kids’ eyes are taken care of?