Did you know one in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem? Right now when you purchase individual vision insurance from VSP Direct™ as a gift, a child in need receives a free eye exam and glasses. That means when you give the Gift of Sight from VSP, you give twice. Find out more at www.givevspdirect.com/eyegiveback. Thanks to VSP for sponsoring this post.
When my now 9 year old was an infant I brought up concern to our doctor about one of his eyes not seeming to work like the other. I was assured that it was just normal, undeveloped eye muscles and that it would correct as he grew.
When he was about a year old I brought it up again and again was told the same. When he was 15 months old he was hospitalized for a virus and the on call pediatrician came to see us. She told me the virus would run it’s course and he’d be fine but that he needed to see a pediatric ophthalmologist and that there was definitely something not working right with his one eye.
He was quickly diagnosed with a rare condition called Duane’s Syndrome and had his first pair of glasses within a month, and his first eye surgery at age 3.
VSP Vision Care and Eye Give Back
We were fortunate enough at the time to have great health insurance for my son and good vision insurance, but so many families do not have vision insurance. Because so many are without insurance, one in four children has an undetected vision condition, approximately 20% of children struggle to read due to vision problems, ten million American students have vision problems that can impact learning, and around 76% of children age 5 and under do not get the regular vision screens that they should.
While we had vision insurance when we discovered my son’s eye condition, and the kids still have vision coverage, my husband and I don’t. Like most parents, we’re good about making sure our children have everything they need but often we put our needs aside. I’m terrible about going too long between exams, wearing glasses with an out of date prescription, and worst of all wearing my contact lenses far too long.
My dear friend and blog partner Lori knows this, and when she was offered the opportunity to give me VSP® Vision Care, she knew it would give me the ability to see clearly through my busy days and stay focused on my family.
Lori surprised me with a thoughtful care package that included the priceless gift of vision insurance. I was surprised to say the least! I cannot wait to see my vision care provider, have my exam done, and to have new frames, lenses, and maybe even contact lenses!
I know that Lori loved that she could make this difference in my life, and that at the same time, she would be making a difference in the life of a child who would normally not have vision care because right now, when you give the Gift of Sight, you give twice. You can make a difference too when you purchase a vision insurance plan as a gift through December 31, 2015, VSP will donate an eye exam and glasses to a child in need, up to a total retail value of over $115,000.
VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the U.S., has launched #EyeGiveBack because they want to help students see their full potential. They believe that improving your life begins with investing in your health, and with good vision, anything is possible!
I challenge you to give! Give the Gift of Sight twice with #EyeGiveBack when you purchase a vision insurance plan as a gift now through December 31st, 2015.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact. Watch this touching story that shows how the “gift of sight” changed a dad’s world. Visit VSP Vision Care to learn more!