I am having the hardest time getting my sixteen year old to consistently wear his eyeglasses. He’s at the age wear he’s concerned about his looks and even though he picked his glasses, I usually have to tell him to wear them.
If it were just a matter of fashion I wouldn’t bug him, but as his mom, I know how important it is for him to see well. Now that he’s driving it’s even more important.
Each year before school resumes, I take all of my children for eye exams, even my two who don’t wear glasses. A child’s inability to see, can affect their ability to learn, so eye care is something I take seriously. Since they may not catch small changes in their vision, it’s my job to take them to a professional who can accurately detect the changes.
80% of what children learn comes through their eyes.
One thing I know about vision impairments is that you can’t wait for your children to tell you they are having a problem seeing. Most times, it’s a gradual change in how clear things are that kids often don’t even notice. 24% of parents wait for their child to say they’re having problems seeing while 25% of school aged children have eye problems and don’t know it. That’s why eye exams should be a regular back to school routine.
Parents shouldn’t wait for children to say they aren’t seeing well –they don’t know what “normal” vision is!
We just had our eye exams and picked out some new eyewear. I let the kids pick my frames, while my son chose his. I’m not in love with mine, but I know being able to see is more important than fashion.
Think About Your Eyes, is spearheading a campaign for Eye Exam Awareness Month and encouraging parents to get their children’s eyes checked. Take a look at the video below to experience what life could be like for you child if they can’t see in class.
When I first moved to South Carolina form New York I had to find health care professional for my daughter, using online locators were a huge help since I didn’t know this area. Whether you’re new to your area or have been there a while, visit the Think About Your Eyes eye care locator to find an eye care professional near you and to schedule your fall eye exam.
As a parent I’ve done my part in having my kids eyes examined, but the work doesn’t end there. Just about everyday, I’m reminding my son to wear his glasses.
It’s important in school, at home and even in daily life. He’s driving now so he needs to be alert and aware on the road. Making sure that’s possible starts with me making sure he has annual eye exams.