Of all the amazing things modern medicine can do, it cannot yet replace your vision in most cases. Caring for your family’s vision is an essential part of medical care, education, and child development, but is often overlooked. Here are some tips to help you care for your family’s vision.
The American Optometric Association recommends that you child have a comprehensive eye exam at around six months of age, and earlier if there were anomalies at birth. Earlier exams may also be indicated if there is family history to suggest a child may have inherited vision problems. Even very young children can be fitted for glasses, avoiding developmental delays due to poor vision.
Schedule Appointments Ahead
Optometrists tend to be really busy, so it is a good idea to schedule check-ups for your family well in advance. It is essential that everyone in your family goes in for a check-up at least once a year, so try to schedule an appointment well before your one year mark hits. It is also a good idea to schedule your appointment for the same time as your children. That way you can help make them feel more comfortable and you won’t have to find a sitter later.
Check Your Insurance
If you don’t understand what’s covered and by whom, call your company’s HR department or the number on your insurance card. Some vision problems are covered under medical insurance as well, like necessary surgeries or extra appointments for at-risk children.
Don’t Break the Bank
You don’t have to buy your glasses at the same place you receive your prescription. Ask for a paper prescription so you can shop around. Today’s technology even allows you to get glasses online, allowing for a wide variety of frame and lens options. Marvel Optics Online Eyeglass Store is a great place for you to start when it comes to saving money and finding the right style for you. If you’re sticking to a tight budget, skip the fancy coatings and options and just get the basics. Set aside money from your tax refund or holiday bonus to use for co-pays and deductibles.
Protect Your Eyes
Use sunglasses or a hat to protect your eyes from bright sunlight, and use your visor in the car rather than squinting to see the road clearly. Ensure that children wear safety glasses when doing science experiments and appropriate eyewear for sports. Set an example for the kids by wearing appropriate eyewear when using power tools or household chemicals.
Bonus Tip: If you have a young child with glasses it is almost guaranteed they are always losing their glasses. Luckily, there are various ways to fasten them around your child’s head to avoid losing them. A simple and cheap idea is to tie hair elastics around each tip of their glasses so that more friction is caused and their glasses can’t slide.
~Article submitted by Kara Masterson
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.