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. I am a member of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network.
Every day I wake up I am so thankful for my sight! I’m thankful that I get to see my children’s smiling faces when they first awaken!
I used to not feel this way. I used to feel cursed and frustrated.
I have worn glasses since I was in the 3rd grade, but I probably needed them much sooner. Did you know that one in four children have an undetected vision problem? It’s not because their parents don’t love them, or that nobody cares! I can assure you I was well loved by my parents. My mom was known to bring us breakfast in bed (see… maybe I was even a little spoiled). But with a child it’s so hard to determine if they can’t see. I didn’t know any better. It was part of my everyday life. If someone would have asked me if I could see ok, my response would have been “absolutely”! While it didn’t affect my ability to learn to read, it did affect my school.
About twenty percent of children will have a hard time reading because of their vision. I struggled to read directions on the chalkboard. It left me to talk to my friends sitting next to me, asking them what everything said. I was a very good student, but in the beginning of 3rd grade I started getting in trouble for talking. Eventually my teacher recognized it and I had my first eye exam. There are 10 million students in America whose ability to learn is impacted by their vision! 1o million!! I will never forget my first pair of glasses and walking through school that first day. We had a huge brick wall that we would line up on each day and I remember finally being able to see the lines between the bricks! It was like stepping into a new world! I could all the sudden see leaves on trees. It’s something you will only ever understand if you go through it, but here is a picture that shows it the best way I can. But I promise, it was far more glorious than this old bird feeder!
This is why vision insurance is so important! By the age of 5 children should have had their eyes examined 3 times! And if you catch any problems your kids might have in their vision, you can correct it before it gets worse!
VSP® Vision Care is the largest not-for-profit company that offers vision benefits and services in the US. They have launched a program called #EyeGiveBack and now through June 30, 2015 when a VSP Direct™ individual vision insurance plan is purchased through VSPDirect.com/EyeGiveBack, VSP will be donating an eye exam and glasses to a child in need (up to a retail value of $10 million)! You can learn more at VSPDirect.com/EyeGiveBack where they are committed to building a better future for children in need!
As a kid and teenager I struggled. I hated wearing glasses. I didn’t understand why I had to wear them so young. To me it felt like something you have to do as an adult, not a kid! But through time I met people with worse vision than me, some that were legally blind, and those that will never see the faces of their children! I am lucky! I am lucky to have glasses that allow me to be creative in my life, through this blog, and with my children! I have learned to be thankful for those moments where I feel frustrated and embrace the beautiful things that allow me to see so clearly!
Without my glasses I would miss my daughters ballet recital, my son’s soccer practice, and I would miss out on something I love to do, blog! I love being able to decorate my house and share it with so many others. I wouldn’t be able to cut the wood to build furniture or see the details I missed! My sight is a true blessing and something I am thankful for every day!!
So if you are without vision insurance and are looking for a way to help offset the cost, here is a little more information about VSP® Vision Care.
– Covers the eye exam with a low co-payment
– Provides allowance for glasses or contacts, fully covered lens options
– Cost is as low as $17 per month
– Lowest out-of-pocket cost in vision care with a typical annual savings of $227
– 100% satisfaction guaranteed
– 30,000 providers in convenient locations makes VSP the largest doctor network in the industry
To learn more about #EyeGiveBack please watch this video below!