October is National Eye Health Month: BC Doctor of Optometry Prize Giveawayby
Growing up I always had good eyesight although in the last decade or so, my vision has come down a notch when it comes to reading highway signs and things that are further away from my face than a computer screen. It’s times like these that you realize that eye health is a very important part of overall health.
The theme of National Eye Health Month this year is children’s vision:
- More than 80 per cent of a child’s learning is based on vision.
- Identifying eye health issues at this age is critical, as they can begin to affect children’s academic and social development.
- One in five children has a vision disorder. Not knowing any differently, many of these children accept poor vision and other eye problems as normal.
- Not all children’s eye conditions have obvious symptoms. The best way to protect your child’s eye health is with regular eye exams.
- BC Doctors of Optometry recommend children have their first eye exam at six months of age, again at age three, again before entering school and annually thereafter.
Should you have any questions before your next visit to the optometrist, there’s a new online resource that you can turn to. The BC Doctors of Optometry have setup a Facebook page to assist the general public with basic eye health questions.
It was launched in 2011 and this August they began a sweepstakes campaign, doing giveaways until the end of the year through the online forum on Facebook. The page is managed by 22 on-call BC Doctors of Optometry who provide answers typically within 24 hours of posting.
While the online tool is useful, it doesn’t replace an actual visit to the optometrist. Find a doctor online, anywhere in BC, for comprehensive eye exams, vision correction, eyewear (fittings and dispensing) and disease detection.
I have partnered with BC Doctors of Optometry to offer up a $350 prize voucher, good for products and services that they offer including eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment here (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm Thursday, October 18, 2012.
The prize can only be claimed with a BC Doctor of Optometry who is a member of the BC Association of Optometrists. The winner must be a legal resident of BC. The winner must be the age of majority in BC (19).
Update The winner is Sandra!
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It’s a good idea for such site.
Sounds amazing! I need some new glasses and an exam! Good timing!
I see you!
i’m due for an eye exam! this is perfect.
My daughter started wearing glasses when she was in grade 1. We take her annually (she is 16 now) and we are blessed to have a great optometrist!
I’ve been putting off an eye exam for a while now- this is good timing!
Thanks for the info! they serve a good reminder that we need to keep our eyes healthy too!
I could use an eye exam!
What a great idea:) hope i win lol i need some new specs
This is a great site. Just in time for my next eye exam!
What a smart, thoughtful giveaway!
I haven’t had an eye exam in a long time – could use one!
Good timing for me as I am getting difficulty reading signs and bus numbers. Hope I can win.
I have never had a thorough eye exam, so this prize would definitely be appreciated!!!
I am due for an eye exam and in need of new glasses, so this would be wonderful 🙂
I need to get my eyes checked. I haven’t had an eye exam for a few years.
i wouldn’t mind a new frame 🙂
This is the most perfect contest for me to enter. I am in desperate need for an eye exam and a new pair of glasses.
This is great! I am due for my eye exam and my daughter is due for her first here shortly.
i need new contacts soon :p
I spend far too long in front of a computer. Should get an eye test.
i need an eye exam, but have no coverage
I could certainly use this. I’ve had bad eyes since childhood.
Oh my this would be awesome to win.not only is eye coverage not covered by my husbands msp but i have 2 daughters and i myself wear a very strong glasses prescription.
I have been wearing eyewear for only the past 5 years. I used to have perfect vision. My Optometrist tells me…I have the 40+ sight syndrome….I so miss not being able to read without glasses….Your vision is so important…get regular check ups and take care of your sight! 🙂
It’s great to be bringing awareness to this. Thanks!
You only get one set of eyes – look after them!
Eye health is very important. This is a great prize.
would be wonderful to give to my mother
October is a great month to conscious of our eyes.
This is a great idea. Though it is very important, eye care is unfortunately a major gap in our national health.
Definitely an important cause
Eye health is often overlooked. Thanks for offering such a great prize.
I’m due for an eye exam, thanks for the reminder!
it is time for new glasses. This would be great!
Been thinking I should get my eyes checked again.
This will come in handy!
I’ve been wearing glasses and contacts since I was in grade 5. I could really use this as I don’t have insurance! Eyesight is so precious and not to be taken for granted. Thanks!
need glasses. pick me.
Wow great prize
It’s been ages since I’ve had my eyes checked but I should probably do it more regularly
yea to new glasses!!! 😀
Just what I need.
This is fantastic!
I actually really need to get glasses but I’m not covered under insurance right now so this would really come in handy for me!
I wore an eyepatch as a child for almost two years to correct a lazy eye. Ophthalmologists were part of my kindergarten life & managed to fix the problem. Fast forward twenty-five plus years and now I notice I hold my book closer to my face. I even said just last night ‘The font in this book could be larger’. I definitely need an eye exam and probably glasses.
I would appreciate new glasses and contacts. This would be a great prize to win!
Stupid laziness in grade 2 has lead to a life time of glasses. If only I had worn my glasses when I had to, maybe my eyesight would not be so bad.
This would be awesome, mine were just stolen :S
Oh just in time! I need new contact lenses!
I love having different frames for different looks.
Good timing! I am overdue for an eye test.
My peepers could use a little care 🙂
Reading is becoming harder and harder for me. It’s a getting older thing.
Just in time!
I recently discovered (at a naturopath appointment) that I need an eye exam! Benefits don’t’s quite cover an eye exam + glasses so this would be so great!!!
An eye exam would be fantastic!
Would love me some Maui Jim prescription Sunglasses!
Awesome giveaway…always need more contacts
Ah the life of a student… Using old eyeglasses that need considerable repair is the norm.
Great! My husband needs this!
Just moved to Vancouver – realized I couldn’t read street signs !! (Wasn’t important when I knew the area) – eyewear should be covered under our healthcare plan!
It’s time for me to get my eyes tested, I just started to need readers to, well read.:)
Overdue for an eye exam – perfect prize!
I’ve always had 20/20 but now I’m noticing that I can’t see quite as goodwith signs. Hope it’s nothing to worry about.
I’ve worn glasses since I was three years old, so I could definitely use this. My prescription is so strong that this would not be enough for one pair of glasses, but it sure would help! Thanks for the great contest!
I think I’ve been wearing the same contacts for like 8 months. Time for a reorder.
Awesome. I am in dire need of an eye exam and a pair of new glasses!
I could really use some new glasses!
That would be fantastic! 2 out of my 3 children need glasses so I could really use it.
I would love to win this…Everyone in my family has glasses!
Very generous and clever giveaway! My bf just happened to mention the other day how little he thought of proper eye care though realized it’s importance. You only get one pair 🙂
Wonderful! I am amazed by how much my eyesight can change in just 2 years. It is so subtle but then when I get new glasses I sure notice the difference!
A very thoughtful and practical giveaway.
in time for a new pair of glasses. yay
Very cool – between 2 boys and myself, it would go to use!
This would be great timing..I’m due for an exam, glasses, aaannnnnd contacts 🙁
$350 would be a godsend for a family on budget such a wonderful prize
I love this! I could really use a new pair of glasses!
If I win, I will give it to First United DTES
Oh happy day! Free glasses
I could definitely use some new glasses. Mine are pretty old!
Yayy! This would be great for contacts!
People definitely need to know the importance of taking care of their eyes + other parts of their health! Great post. Would love to be entered into the draw.
time to get my eyes checked…what perfect timing for a pair of free glasses
I allways appreciate my appointment with my eye doctor, and what a great way to get people in for eye exams and glasses.
your eyes are a precious thing. this is a great reminder, for me to take care of my eyes
Would be awesome to win, over due for an eyey exam and I need to update my frames.
OH i need this so badly…..my last glasses were done on a shop with just an optometrist …. my eyes have never been able to focus well. I need to see a true doctor!!!!
I’ve been meaning to book an eye doctor appointment…
I think my wife could use an eye exam! I’ve already had mine, just got new glasses.
Haven’t had my eyes checked for years..
in need of new glasses, and I don’t have coverage through my work so this would be great.
I am way overdue for an eye exam.
I am way overdue for an eye exam so this is great!
Definitely need eye health my eyes are in need of care. Wish I took care of them when I was younger, I have sun damage
Just ran out of contacts, this would be great!
Thank you. I could use a pair of new glasses.
I was just thinking the other day that I should schedule an eye exam!
This would help me immensely!! I am WAY overdue for an eye exam! I need an update on my prescription and new lenses- with no benefits to help cushion the cost, this would be wicked to win!
WOW! What a great prize. 🙂
Would love to get some new frames!
i could definitely go for an exam, it’s been a long time
Great timing! I am in need of new glasses!
Amazing! I am in real need of prescription sunglasses, the squinting on sunny days is getting a bit tiresome 🙂 I’ve tried the fitting sunglasses over my regular glasses, but it just doesn’t really work.
Great giveaway, thanks!
I am due for an eye exam, thank you for the chanceto increase the likelihood of my booking an appointment 🙂
Just found out that I need to start wearing glasses so this would be great!
Most practical giveaway. 🙂
Awesome prize! Thanks for the contest! 😀
I need new glasses so badly, would love to win!
A great gift!!
Thank you for sharing this eye care blog, this is really very nice blog.
Useful prize. Thanks
My eyes are terrible and I need a check-up badly and some new contacts. This would come in handy, thank you!
overdue for a checkup. thanks for the reminder.
Prices for glasses are terribly high in North America.
I don’t need all these branded frames. How could a piece of plastic cost 2-3-4 hundred dollars?
I tried to find reasonably priced no-name frames but no luck 🙁
I need glasses! Thanks!
Thank you. This would really help as I don’t have medical insurance.
I have worn glasses for since i was 8 years old, 45 now and don’t get my eyes checked often enough. Would love to get some new glasses!
I could use some new glasses
This would be a great birthday present…my eyes are getting older!
Great giveaway, thanks for sharing!
My boyfriend needs new glasses…but really I should get checked out too
EYES SHOULD BE ABLE TO DETECT SERIOUS ILLNESSES
Thanks for the reminder. I’m due for an eye exam.
I would love to win this giveaway for my child. He is dire need of glasses for school! **Crossing Fingers**
Keeping my eyes on the prize. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!
What an amazing giveaway! Eye health is so important! Thank-you! 🙂
Always need another pair of glasses in case I break the ones I have!
Eyes are very important, yet they are tend to be overlooked.
My eye site is slipping, I keep thinking I’m getting better looking!
My eyes hurt 🙁
I’m giving up and accepting I need bifocals!
I’ve been needing to get my eyes checked for years, but have been putting it off as it’s so expensive. I know I need glasses though… I also know my chances are slim! I’ll try anyways 🙂
Perfect timing! Just got my eye exam, and I’m needling a new pair of glasses now!
What a great prize!
Interesting. It’s time to visit an optometric for an exam.
Thank you for the chance!
I could use another trip to the eye guy.
crossing my fingers (and my eyes) that I’m the big winner!
Awesome prize, hoping I win this.
Awesome idea. Fingers crossed.
please enter me into the draw!
I totally need new glasses.
could totally use this
I so need new glasses – please pick me!!
Great giveaway! I need some new spectacles 🙂
“Presbyopia”…. can you use it in a sentence please? “Every time I go to my Optometrist he say’s ‘Margaret, you have Presbyopia’ To which I vehemently deny, Nooooooooooooooo, I will never ever wear Bi-focals” I guess you win Dr. Poon, I surrender!
this would be so helpful!
Interesting contest and a helpful one as well. Thanks.
My prescription glasses were stolen, so it’d be great if I get to be the lucky winning recipient of this giveaway so that I can shop for a new pair of glasses and/or contact lesnes.
Very cool – and I need new glasses!
This would be great. I could use a new pair of glasses.
Need (& want) this!
I always blink during the puff test
As a widowed mother to a preschooler with eye problems this prize would be a great financial blessing for us.
I haven’t had an eye exam in forever.
Excellent way to remind parents that kids need eye exams too!
I did not know there was a website liek this out there. I just got my son his first pair of glasses and he now is more excited to do his homework as he has less trouble seeing.
Glasses are SO EXPENSIVE when they are a necessity! I can’t see without them, but often can’t afford them. Great contest!
Love new glasses!
It’s been too long since my last eye exam, but not having insurance is preventing me from having one. This would be great to win.
I’m due for an eye exam
I need some new glasses!
My son definitely needs an eye exam, this would be a great prize to win!
Great page! I would love to win, I need glasses!!!
Long overdue for an eye exam. I can’t ev3n s33 wha7 I am ty9in9 an7more!
About time for new glasses.
Might be time for an update of my lenses!
I don’t think it’s my vision that is making my work so hard to read, but it’s worth a check up.
I’m overdue for a checkup and need new frames…so crossing fingers!!
Thanks for sharing the FB resource. I have had glasses since grade 3 so I know firsthand how important an optometrist is!
Here goes nothing! I could really use an updated pair of glasses.
I am due for an eye exam!!!
Sounds like a good deal!
I am concerned because I seem to have more floaters some are black dots some are milky blobs that float by and make it feel like snow on the TV screen. Arghhh. Would live some assistance
thank you for the chance to win! eyewear and optometry visits are pricey!!
A great prize and I’m due to get new glasses too!
Great site. The Ask a Doctor videos have great info. And I can definitely can use a new pair of glasses!
In desperate need of this!
This is a great and important prize!