Why You Should Add an Eye Exam to Your Back-to-School To-Do List
As parents, we always want the best for our children. We often find ourselves as Dr. Mom, analyzing every ache, pain, grown, bruise and complaint our children have. I know there was one issue in my son that I totally missed – his poor eyesight.
As a first time mom, I just chalked up symptoms that I saw as normal childhood behavior. I figured my son was still too young to write his letters, it was normal to sit so close to the television and he couldn’t catch a ball because he was just uncoordinated. Turned out, this was all because he couldn’t see! It wasn’t until he was in school that I found this all out!
So, as you get your children their new back-to-school backpacks and sneakers, be sure to add in their regular eye exam on your to-do list. The week before school started, we headed over to our local LensCrafters in Princeton, NJ where my children and I had our annual eye exam. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), as much as 80 percent of learning is visual.
The exam was very different than I had experienced in past eye exams, thanks to Clarifye; LensCrafters latest generation of digital visual technology. The Clarifye equipment gave a digital measurement of my son’s eyes in less than 60 seconds and the technician tested how he saw colors, letters, pictures, patterns and shapes.
Next, it was time to meet the doctor. The doctor let us know that even though my son’s eyes were strong enough to pass his driver’s test at this time, he still needed to wear them to keep his eyes strong. Without his glasses, his eyes tend to get tired and at school, that can really make an impact on his learning.
We were given a prescription for a new pair of glasses and headed right next door to pick out some cool new frames. A big issue we always have with my son is that he doesn’t like the frames available to him. He often settles and then finds they aren’t comfortable, so he stops wearing his glasses. I was so thrilled when he walked into LensCrafters and immediately found a really awesome pair of Ray-Bans juniors he loved.
Even this part was different than our past experiences. Our optometrist was able to show us how we’d look with all of the glasses we picked out side-by-side, making it a lot easier to pick out which ones we liked.
It turned out my prescription changed as well and I also needed new glasses. I chose to have Blue IQ Lenses put on both of our glasses to help reduce the damage the blue light from our phones, tablets and computers can do to our eyes.
Both my son and I are very happy with our new prescriptions and glasses and will be making the LensCrafters Clarifye experience apart of our back-to-school routine going forward!
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This post is sponsored by LensCrafters. All opinions are my own.