This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own. Sharing one thing that we don’t always think about when we are sending our kids back to school. What should be on your back to school checklist- eyes.
As we go through the hustle and bustle of getting ready for back to school, we tend to think of the material things they will need for the school year. Pencils, Paper, Backpacks. One thing that we should be adding to our back to school checklist- getting their eyes checked out. I remember as a kid struggling in school because I just couldn’t see the board. The teacher moved me as close as she could, then finally in third grade we realized that I needed glasses. What a world of difference it made for me. No more headaches from squinting, I was able to focus on the lessons, and just overall felt better since I could see clearly.
My kids are now getting to the age when I was in need of glasses, so it has been at the forefront of my mind that I should start taking them in for annual eye exams. One thing I like about their school is that they do annual vision tests so they can alert me to if they notice any problems. But it may not be enough to have the test at school. Did you know that 80% of what children learn comes from visual? Yet almost 86% do not get proper testing for potential eye problems.
August is Eye Exam Awareness Month and it is a time to add one more thing to your back to school checklist. Think About Your Eyes is a national campaign that wants to promote the benefits of eye health and encourage parents to take their kids and themselves in for annual eye exams. Too many people wait until there is already a problem before they take their kids in for exams. I mean if you are doing an annual dentist and pediatrician visit, why not go ahead and add a vision appointment. It is especially important if there if family history of vision problems.
My kids will most likely have some sort of vision issues since both myself and my husband wear glasses/contacts. I want to make sure that we catch the issues before they affect other areas of their lives such as learning in the classroom or playing soccer. It is so much better to catch any issues early on and correct it quickly.
Watch the video below and see just what it is like to live with poor vision.
So as your kids head back to school or even if they have already started, take them in for an eye exam. Even if they see just fine, it is good to have a baseline of where they are now so that changes can be caught and fixed! Find your local eye doctor.