Today I am going to be addressing a more serious topic than usual, eye health and vision care. I will be the first to admit that I have never had issues with my vision and so I most definitely took the ability to see and read for granted. I never felt the need to get regular eye exams as a result. I always thought, hey, if I can cover my eyes and see from a distance at a routine checkup then I am fine! As I get older and now have children I realize that there is more to eye health and vision care than the ability to read a row on a chart at the nurse’s office or at a routine checkup.
I recently discovered that one in four children in the U.S. have vision problems. Often times without an official eye exam these problems will not be discovered and will in turn impair the child’s ability to learn. It is proven that an annual eye exam can help detect serious health conditions, like diabetes, brain tumors and high cholesterol. In addition, according to recent studies US parents are not prioritizing eye exams with an eye doctor the same way they prioritize pediatrician and dental visits. I will be the first to say that prior to being properly educated about eye health I was that parent. Dentist and family doctor visits were all that we focused on when it came to the kids. Ava began to complain about her vision last year so we took her in to get her eyes checked by an ophthalmologist. Nothing alarming was found but we did not proceed to have the others vision checked at the same time because they had no active complaints. It is recommended that children have an annual eye exam and we plan on making that happen for our children.
We are in the process of getting the kiddos added back on to our insurance. We had a mis-hap in their coverage and they got inadvertently removed from our benefits. Luckily this period of time will be brief, but it is kind of scary! We are in an open-enrollment period right now so we had the chance to get them back on our insurance with no problem! All three children will be having their annual eye exams completed this October.
Will you join me in making eye health and vision care a priority for our children? They have so many demands on them as they learn, both in and outside of the classroom. From reading books to screen time and play, their vision is being challenged daily. I wanted to highlight that while most open enrollment periods are in late summer and through all, if you experience a life change like marriage or the birth of a child than you may be eligible to change your benefit selections at different times throughout the year. If vision benefits are offered to you through your employer– you could and should sign up! Our coverage is through VSP, the nation’s leading provider of vision care and coverage. This may be an option for you as well! Visit www.seemuchmore.com for more information on vision coverage and benefits, finding a doctor and vision health!
*This blog post is sponsored by VSP® Vision Care , the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company. Talk to your employer about getting started with VSP this open enrollment season.
All photos by: Nicole Quiroz