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Back To School with Healthy Eyes

I’d like to thank UnitedHealthcare for sponsoring this post.

I’ll never forget something that my son said to me a few hours after getting his first pair of glasses at age six.

“Mom, I can actually see the texture of the fabric on the couch now!”

The change that glasses made for my son was dramatic, and it truly made me understand the importance of eye health for my children.

Eye Health - Boy in glasses

Since it’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety month, and also back-to-school season, it’s a perfect time to make your child’s annual appointment with an optometrist.

If you’ve never taken your child to the eye doctor before, it’s a great time for that first visit!

Eye health for our children is crucial. Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s learning is visual? It is recommended that a child’s first eye exam should occur between the ages of 6 months and one year, again at age three, and prior to entering school.

I waited until my son was entering kindergarten to take him for his first eye exam, and after learning that he was in need of glasses, I felt so bad for not taking him sooner.

Don’t make the same mistake that I did! While I’m grateful that we were able to address Evan’s eye issues before he entered school, I can’t help but wonder how his quality of life could have been improved had we addressed his vision problems earlier.

Check out the useful infographic from UnitedHealthcare below that details some of the signs of possible vision problems that you can look out for.

UHC Children's Eye Care Program

How UnitedHealthcare is Helping

UnitedHealthcare has launched a new program that will help improve access to comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses for children across the country, helping address the unique eye-health challenges young people face.

It’s called the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Eye Care Program, and it will help expand access to eye exams and glasses, including:

Enhanced eye care benefit at no additional premium for children with UnitedHealthcare vision coverage, providing plan participants up to age 13 a second covered eye exam and an additional pair of glasses if their vision prescription changes 0.5 diopter or greater.

Free eye screenings, comprehensive eye exams and glasses donations for children in cities across the country during August and September, providing families with access to eye care during the back-to-school season. Any child identified with a vision issue during these events will receive a free pair of prescription glasses if needed. One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem that, if left untreated, may result in learning issues, and hinder their academic performance and development.

The new benefits will be available to people enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual UnitedHealthcare vision plans across the country before the end of 2018.

You can read the full press release to find out of a vision screening event will take place in your area. This is such an incredible program!

Remember to Care for Your Child’s Peepers

Even if you don’t suspect that your child has a vision problem, regular eye health exams are important.

A comprehensive eye exam can uncover other health conditions not usually associated with the eyes, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, elevated cholesterol and Crohn’s disease.

Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family about this wonderful program from UnitedHealthcare, and don’t forget to schedule those eye exams!

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