As parents, there are always about a million things on our “to do” list and another several million on our “should do” list. Honestly, it’s difficult to keep track of it all. It’s the reason why I question how parents even managed before the introduction of the iPhone. I mean the reminder and calendar apps alone are worth their weight in gold! Still, it’s easy to let some things fall through the cracks…not because we intentionally left them out but because it just becomes one more thing on the Mount Everest that is family scheduling.
One of those things I unintentionally let slide was my son’s first comprehensive eye exam. So when I took him for his first exam at three years old, I already felt a bit behind the eight ball. Luckily, it’s never too late. It’s now part of our yearly summer routine, and in fact our reminder just arrived in the mail this month. It’s the perfect time to check that item off my list before he and I head back to school in the fall!
If you haven’t taken to your child for their free exam yet, or if you haven’t been in a while – here are a few reasons why you should!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a vendor I have chosen to work with. I have received either paid compensation and/or free product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own based only on my own experience.
5 Reasons to Visit An Optometrist
1. It’s free!
In Alberta, we are very fortunate that Alberta Health covers the full cost of comprehensive eye exams for children 0-18. (Adults 65+ are also covered) Urgent or medically necessary visits to an optometrist are covered for everyone in the province. Why not take advantage of this amazing opportunity as an important part of your child’s health care?
2. It’s easy
Honestly, of all of the doctor appointments you have to attend with your children, this one is the easiest on the list. My son actually loves finding the little red barn and identifying the little pictures projected on the screen. It’s a game to him and he’s just happy to be entertained throughout the appointment!
3. Early detection is key
Comprehensive eye exams are an essential component to maintaining your child’s overall health. It’s All Connected. Not only do optometrists screen for vision impairments, they also have the ability to detect underlying health conditions such as cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. Early detection is key to the best potential treatment.
4. Vision impairment is not always obvious
I can think of several students that I have taught over the course of the last decade who experienced an undiagnosed vision impairment that interfered with their ability to perform at their best in class. When they finally saw their optometrist and received their first pair of glasses, it was literally like a whole new world for them. They could see the board and the screen. They noticed the details in the world around them. The headaches went away.
5. It provides a baseline
Even if everything is normal with your child’s vision, a comprehensive exam provides baseline data to compare to any changes in the future. Baseline results ensure that your optometrist is able to adequately track your child’s development over time.
If you haven’t taken advantage of this free program for your children, it’s the perfect time before the kids head back to school. If you don’t have an optometrist that you see regularly, you can find one in your own community here.
Also, enter to WIN a family eye care package here through a simple quiz to Test Your Family’s Eye-Q!
XO The Good Enuf Mommy
This post has been generously sponsored by the Alberta Association of Optometrists, the opinions and language are my own.