One of the things I am most thankful for now that I am a mom is to live at age in time of so much information such as the one we live in, and also to be fortunate enough of having access to health services for my family and me. I don’t remember that I was ever taken to the ophthalmologist when I was a child and then the only person I remember having glasses around me was my grandma.
At the end of my teenaged years, however, I started having a problem that I thought was weird and unexplainable, all of the sudden I’d be walking anywhere and fall from my own feet. This did not happened every day, but it happened often enough that after awhile I was really worried. I told a friend of mine what was happening and she recommended that I go to the ophthalmologist since she had the same issue before wearing glasses.
With a bit of doubt, but trying to find an answer to an event so bizarre, I decided to go get an eye exam (the first one in my life) and surely I had advance issues with my vision. With this history, and PapiCool’s who used lenses since he was a kid up until recently that he went for laser surgery, I have always been clear that my children’s eye health is one of my priorities.
I Didn’t Know That!
Despite the fact that this is a priority subject for me, there were many things I did not know about eye health (imagine, a four-eyed like me!) and I am loving the Internet site of the program Eye Didn’t know That!, created as a source of information and knowledge on visual health.
In this site I found several facts I did not know about and it was clearer to me how I could promote visual health in my children. One of the things I read that surprised me was that the visual screenings they do in schools are not complete because they do not take into account closed vision that is highly necessary to read and using the computer.
Also, something that maybe for many is obvious is that going for ophthalmologic screenings should be done as much as going to the dentist. I must confess that my AbiCool at age two and a half has already been to the dentist three times, but I have never taken her for an eye exam and I am now clear that this is something we should do as preventive measure.
The site also has an interactive section that tells the story of vision with small pieces of information that are easy to learn at any age. In general this site it’s very appealing visually for the kids who will be able to play while they learn about which foods they should eat to care for their eyes and the protective measures they should follow when playing sports. Since my AbiCool is still little, I loved the printable materials because she loves coloring and is a way of starting to teach her little by little.
This site was created thanks to Transitions Optical, a company that is helping to educate and stimulate consumers in the United States, through a partnership with the American Diabetes Association that is focusing particularly in minority communities, like Hispanics, to promote early detection of eye conditions.
Besides the Internet page, Transitions Optical will be offering free screenings during the expos held by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Chicago and New York. I recommend you save the date and go get your free screening and learn more about your eyes’ health. The expo will be visiting Chicago on April 14 and New York on November 3 of this year.
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.