This is a partnered post, all opinions are my own.
Going back to school means it’s time to check everything. We check out clothes to see if everything fits perfectly for the first day. We go to the doctor to have our health checked and see if we need any new shots for the new school year. My kids are so happy they don’t need shots for a few years at least. And some schools do hearing and eye tests with in school screenings. And regardless of if your school does the check or not you should get them checked; especially your eyes. I’m working with VSP Vision Care, the largest national not-for-profit in vision care, and they shared a few reasons why you should get your eyes checked:
· Eye exams are important for everyone in your family – from babies to adults, and everyone in between.
· Annual eye exams are important to your overall health. They allow eye doctors to detect eye conditions as well as early signs of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
· 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.
· Many experts believe that 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, making a comprehensive eye exam one of the most important ways parents can give their child the best chance at success this school year.
· One in four children has an undetected vision condition.
o A child doesn’t know what good vision is if he or she has never experienced it.
o Because eye health plays a major role in academic growth, it’s common for a vision problem to be mistaken as a learning disability.
o Undetected vision conditions can negatively impact learning development and contribute to frustrated students, poor grades and behavioral issues.
· Comprehensive eye exams can detect what school vision screenings cannot.
o While in-school screenings do help identify some vision problems, such as near and farsightedness, they do not test for all of the problems that a comprehensive eye exam does, like diabetes and hypertension – both growing health concerns for children.
o Two of the most common vision problems a screening can miss are eye coordination and lazy eye. These conditions can usually both be corrected as long as they identified and treated early!
· Children’s eyes develop rapidly until about the age of seven – making early detection essential in correcting potentially permanent vision issues.
VSP Vision Care reinvests in the things its nearly 66 million members value most – the best care at the lowest out-of-pocket costs. With a network of 30,000 eye care providers, VSP members have the freedom to choose the provider, location and eyewear that’s right for them. It’s easy to see why VSP is consumers’ #1 choice in vision care. Need help with all that? Use SeeMuchMore.com.
SeeMuchMore.com is a one-stop site for all the information you need about enrolling in vision benefits. The site includes a virtual savings calculator to estimate your savings with VSP vision benefits. There is also helpful information about maintaining healthy vision that can be found at the Learn About Your Eyes section of the site. You can even play an interactive game for a chance to win prizes.
So Go make an eye appointment for back to school season, it’s good for your health!