Let's Go See | The Importance of Yearly Eye Exams
I’ll admit, my children have never had their vision checked outside of their yearly well-child visits at their pediatrician’s office. You know the one where they stand behind the line on the floor, cover one eye, read from the eye chart, and then do it all over again with the other eye.
So far, everything has always checked out fine. They read all the random letters and the doctor checks off that their eyesight is just fine.
And so far, that has worked for me.
But I think I’ve been doing it wrong by my children their whole lives. My thought process was that if the pediatrician thought something might be wrong with their vision, then I would schedule an appointment with the optometrist. But I wouldn’t take my children to the optometrist if I thought they might be sick, so I really shouldn’t depend on their pediatrician to make sure their vision is fine.
That’s why I made a pledge to get their vision checked every year before school starts. I want to make sure they start out each year with everything they need to ensure they have the best year possible.
Let’s Go See
Let’s Go See is a national movement to raise awareness of the importance of annual eye exams for children as part of their yearly health routine, just like their yearly well-child visits. Visionworks and Davis Vision are giving away 10,000 comprehensive eye exams and complete pairs of glasses to children in need. The goal is single-focused: to get children their annual eye exams. If you know of a child between the ages of 5 – 18 with no means to afford a comprehensive eye exam, you can nominate them!
What my children have received each year at their well-child visit is considered a vision screening and is not a diagnostic process nor does it replace a comprehensive examination by an eye doctor. Screenings are good and have a purpose, but they do not test for eye function or mobility and will miss 60% of undiagnosed vision conditions. While your child may pass a vision screening, they may still need glasses. An annual eye exam performed by a optometrist or ophthalmologist is the only way to thoroughly evaluate eye function and eye health. These eye exams are non-invasive and take about 30 minutes. Children should have their first comprehensive eye examination between ages of 3 and 6.
As a parent, I want to be sure that I’m equipping my children with everything that they need in order to be successful. Take the pledge with me and make sure your children get their annual eye exams. It’s the easiest exam they’ll probably ever take; there’s no studying involved.
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest