This post is sponsored by Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign for vision health.
Our eyes serve as our gateway into our world. It is in my opinion, our most important sense. Our eyes allow us to experience the world around us like no other sense can, it allows us to be a spectator for our own successes, our family and friends’ accomplishments and most importantly, watch our children grow up in front of our very eyes. I cannot imagine a world where my children couldn’t see the way I look at them and just how much love I have for them emanating through my eyes. I recently got to see my 11 year old son, David, graduate from elementary school. Watching him walk down the aisle of graduation the same year as watching my daughter, Harper, start walking for the first time has shown me a sense of wonder I have yet to experience.
It’s every parents dream to be there to witness the successes of our children, to watch them flourish. I recently thought about the abundant screen time David gets from the tablet, laptop, desktop, smartphone and of course, video games and I wondered to myself about the toll it was taking on his young eyes. After some light research, I discovered Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign for vision health. The website suggested I can start with sunglasses for our sunny and hot summer here in the Northeast and having found the time following the start of summer vacation, I decided to take David to a scheduled annual comprehensive eye exam I was easily able to make on the #ThinkAboutYourEyes website. Check out the doctor locator to find an eye doctor near you!
The website was very user friendly and easy to navigate. The drop down menu was simple and allowed me to browse the various doctors available both in my zip code as well as citywide and regionally. It turns out that children ought to have an annual eye exam and vision screenings at school don’t suffice. Lucky for me, the Think About Your Eyes website gave me the option for many qualified doctors and an easy tool to find a suitable doctor who is caring, gentle, professional and warm like Dr. Rodney was. While David was initially a bit worrisome, he eased into it easily once he got comfortable with the doctor. David can use a little less screen time as the doctor suggested but other than that, his eyes were fine. The reading glasses he prescribed were just the perfect equipment for David to have one of his best summers yet. We have many trips planned for him so getting this out of the way ahead of our busy summer months ahead was one of the best decisions we have made to date for our son. We plan on doing the same for Harper as well. At 18 months, she has been ready to have her first eye exam. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6. We have not taken Harper yet but now that my anxiety over David is gone after I realized just how easy it was, I am confident in the process for Harper now. It’s our hope as parents that our kids will be remember to take care of their own eyes.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and a fun filled hot days ahead. Don’t forget to schedule your children’s comprehensive eye exam with the Think About Your Eyes website tool and protect your kid’s eyes during the summer.