Invest In Your Child’s Vision & Anything Is Possible
Wondering how you can take care of your vision and help a child in need of vision care? One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem. Right now, when you purchase an individual vision insurance plan from VSP Direct™ for as low as $17/month, a child in need receives a free eye exam and glasses, up to a retail value of $1 million. Find out more at VSPDirect.com/EyeGiveBack. Thanks to VSP for sponsoring this post. #EyeGiveBack
I remember when I was eleven years old and standing in line at a fast food restaurant to order food. My mother looked down at me and asked what I wanted to order. I went on to tell her that I was not sure because I could not read the signs and thought nothing more of it. My mother wasted no time making sure I saw an eye doctor and got the glasses I needed, however looking back at those days… there was never a time I realized I needed glasses. As a child you just grow accustom to seeing a certain way and assume that is how everyone sees things. Children are too young to comprehend the complexity of vision and the importance of correcting it if needed. It’s no wonder that One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem. I can only imagine how much longer I could have gone through life not realizing I needed glasses had my mother not picked up on the ques and took the initiative to bring me to an eye doctor, because she knew that when you Invest In Your Child’s Vision & Anything Is Possible!
Fast forward to 2014… I am now a mother of my own raising three children the best that I can. My eight year old daughter came home from school one afternoon, emptied out her backpack just like any other day and very nonchalantly handed me a form letting me know she failed a school eye exam. I looked at the form for a moment, so very confused… my daughter… can’t see?? How is that possible… how did I not know this! I then proceeded to write things down onto a chalk board and have my daughter stand in the other room and tell me if she could read any of it… that is how shocked I was to have received that notice! When she failed to recognize anything I had written on the chalk board, I took a moment to call her pediatrician and schedule an appointment before taking any further steps. Sure enough, she failed the eye exam there as well and that night I dinner I informed my husband, whom never signed the kids up for vision insurance, as that was not something we thought was needed. If you ever find yourself in this particular situation, that is where VSP® Vision Care would be of great help! VSP is the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company whom has spent the better part of a decade developing high-quality, affordable individual plans that are now available in every state. Through a convenient monthly payment plan (which is available in 46 states) you can pay as little as $17 a month!
Looking back at the first two years of school, my daughter struggled immensely in reading, which I could not understand as she was able to do just fine at home. I was constantly getting emails/calls/letters home informing me that she wasn’t paying attention in class, chatting with friends, and not completing her work. Looking back I just think to myself “Well of course she was behaving that way… she couldn’t see the work up on the board!” I feel so guilty sometimes, like I should have known… I am her mother, how did I not know? But then I am reminded that about 20% of children struggle to read because of vision problems and that ten million American students have vision conditions that can impact learning. That is a lot of children with loving parents, like me, that did not suspect their child could not see. You would not believe how amazing third grade has been for my daughter now that she has glasses… her behavior is no longer an issue, she gets all A’s and 1 B, and… she is excelling in reading! I literally cried when the first report card came home, it’s such an amazing feeling to watch a once struggling child do well and be successful, fills your heart with so much joy and happiness!
By age five all children should have completed three eye exams, but 76% of kids are still not meeting that benchmark. I am so thankful that my daughter’s school does an eye exam at the beginning of the year, it undoubtedly paved the way for a successful school year for her. An annual comprehensive eye exam can ensure that correctable visual problems don’t become permanent. Please consider taking the initiative if your child’s school does not offer that service. If you know of a child, or have a child that needs to see an eye doctor, but can not afford it, consider sharing with them information about VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the U.S. They have recently launched #EyeGiveBack. Right now through June 30, 2015, for every individual vision plan purchased, VSP Direct™ will donate an eye exams and glasses to children in need, up to a retail value of $1 million. #EyeGiveBack is part of the VSP Direct™ commitment to building a better future for children in need.
I can tell you with complete and utter honesty that when you Invest In Your Child’s Vision… Anything Is Possible and we are living proof of that! You would not believe what positive transformations can occur when something as simple as glasses are provided to a child. My daughter has become an entirely new child at school, excelling in all areas that she once failed in, and I look forward to seeing all of what the future holds for her now that she has her glasses and perfect vision!
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