As a parent, I have made it a permanent mental note as to when my children need their physicals/check-ups and dental visits. Often times, though, I forget about their eyes. Be honest (and please tell me I’m not the only one), the topic of vision exams usually only creeps up when a problem is noticed, right?
Vision is such an important part of a person’s life. When vision problems creep up behaviors change and learning is interrupted. Shouldn’t eye exams be as important as a physical?
We can help prevent negative occurrences with regular eye exams and proper eye protection when you go outside. Sunglasses are a fashion statement (hey! they look cool!), they keep you from squinting (yeah! fewer wrinkles!) and they keep damaging UV rays from getting to your eyes.
Why you should care about protecting your eyes:
- According to the Vision Council of America, one in four children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior.
- 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, yet 85 percent of America’s pre-schoolers haven’t received a vision exam by age five.
- A pre-kindergarten exam is a must. Don’t assume school offered screenings are enough.
- Studies show that 60 percent of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision troubles.
- 25 percent of all school children in the U.S. have a vision problem significant enough to affect learning.
- 70 percent of juvenile delinquents have uncorrected vision problems.
The Think About Your Eyes campaign invites you to “Make a Spectacle of Yourself” with a fun, new Facebook contest that runs through July 10. The contest (part of the campaign’s ongoing efforts to promote eye health awareness) encourages entrants to protect their eyes with proper eyewear that blocks 100 percent of UV rays and show off their eyewear by submitting a photo.
Four lucky winners will win a $400 gift card (from the Facebook contest), and the winning photos will be featured as profile images on the Think About Your Eyes Facebook page.
ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win a $25 Visa Gift Card to spend on eyewear!
HERE’S HOW TO WIN!
MANDATORY entry (1 entry):
This entry is required before any others will count.
* Visit Think About Your Eyes and tell me something you like, learned or want.
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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on July 12, 2011.
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