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Let's Go See Awareness Month with Visionworks #eyecare #kidsvision #visionworks

Good Morning Mommy's Block Party friends!!  I wanted to let you know about a great initiative going on with Visionworks and Davis Vision.  We all know how important our eyes are to us so we need to make sure we are doing all we can to keep them healthy!  Please check out what Visionworks and Davis Vision is offering for us to help with our kids vision.  Aiden will be going for his yearly wellness exam in September and we always get his eyes checked.  We do have insurance that covers this but some people do not have this opportunity.  Please nominate a family or school that you know that could use eye care for their children.  This is so important.  Help Visionworks and Davis Vision keep your children's peepers working at their best so your child can work at their best!  Check out the information below about the Let's Go See Initiative and head on over to www.letsgosee.net to see what you can do to help!!

This back-to-school season, Visionworks and Davis Vision are teaming up to raise awareness of the importance of annual eye exams for children. We are encouraging families across the U.S. to join us in including an eye exam on their child’s annual back-to-school checklist.
Why? Did you know that 1 in 4 children has a vision problem? And, 60% of children labeled as problem learners have an undetected vision problem? Many U.S. parents simply don’t know their children has a vision problem, or don’t have the means to afford routine vision care. 
Visionworks and Davis Vision are committed to raising awareness of the importance of this issue to all parents, as well as helping children in need. Our joint initiative, aptly named Let’s Go See, will not only serve as a public awareness campaign, it will also help 10,000 children in need receive free eye exams and eyeglasses!
We will be kicking off National Let’s Go See Awareness Month this August inviting parents, teachers, coaches and community members to visit www.letsgosee.net to nominate a child, school or organization in need of a free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. And, for those parents who do have vision insurance, have signed up for ACA or have the financial means to afford an eye exam – we are asking them to help us spread awareness by pledging to get their child(ren)’s eyes examined before school starts and share their pledge via social media.

How Would You Know?

Let’s Go See is a national movement to raise awareness of the importance of annual eye exams for children as part of their yearly health routine. As a parent, how can you be sure your kids' vision isn't keeping them from doing their best in school, enjoying life fully, and being successful? Here's what you need to know.

What are the signs that my child might have trouble seeing?

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Squinting
  • Holding books close to their face or too far away
  • Sitting close to the TV, computer or tablet
  • Twisting or tilting their head to favor one eye
  • Frequent blinking or rubbing their eyes
  • Inability to judge distance properly (bumping into things)
  • Decreased performance in school and athletics

What's the difference between a vision screening and an eye exam?

A vision screening (whether conducted by a primary care physician, a school nurse, or in a community-based setting) is not a diagnostic process and does not replace a comprehensive examination by an eye doctor. The purpose of vision screening is to increase the number of individuals in need of care who ultimately receive comprehensive eye exams and necessary treatment.
Screenings can identify subjects at high risk for eye disease, detect disorders in an early, treatable stage, provide valuable information and education about eye care. Screenings do not test for eye function or mobility and will miss 60% of undiagnosed vision conditions. Often, they result in a referral to an eye care professional where a doctor can prescribe a treatment plan. Your child may pass a vision screening but may need glasses. An annual eye exam performed by a doctor is the only way to thoroughly assess eye function, vision correction and eye health.
A comprehensive eye exam can only be conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Specialized equipment and procedures are used that allow the doctor to evaluate vision and eye health, make a definitive diagnosis and prescribe a prescription for vision correction if necessary. Eye exams are non-invasive and typically take about 30 minutes.

How frequently should my child have a comprehensive eye exam?

Annually is recommended for school age children. An easy way to remember is to add "Annual Eye Exam" to your child's Back-to-School checklist and they'll start every school year with optimum visual performance to achieve both inside and outside of the classroom.

Where do I go?

Click here and simply enter your zip code to find the Visionworks location nearest you.

Is an eye exam covered by my vision insurance?

Visionworks accepts hundreds of vision insurance plans including Davis Vision, VSP, FEP Blue Vision, United Healthcare Vision, NVA, Cigna and Superior Vision. To find out if your vision insurance is accepted, click on the Visionworks store location nearest you and you'll see the top five plans in that area. If you don't see your vision plan listed, simply call the store directly to see if Visionworks is a provider.

What if I don't have vision insurance?

An annual eye examination and glasses are covered by many health plans. Under the Affordable Care Act, children up to 18 years of age can receive vision care that's provided by an optometrist. Visit healthcare.gov to view or change your current coverage.

Have a great day!!

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