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!