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October is National Eye Health Month: BC Doctor of Optometry Prize Giveaway

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 — 1:44pm PDT
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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.

Ask An OptometristShould 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)
RT to enter to win $350 for products & services offered by a BC Doctor of Optometry from @Miss604

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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  1. Ian says:

    It’s a good idea for such site.

  2. Natalie says:

    Sounds amazing! I need some new glasses and an exam! Good timing!

  3. Chris says:

    I see you!

  4. tracy says:

    i’m due for an eye exam! this is perfect.

  5. anne says:

    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!

  6. Lexie says:

    I’ve been putting off an eye exam for a while now- this is good timing!

  7. TY says:

    Thanks for the info! they serve a good reminder that we need to keep our eyes healthy too!

  8. maggie says:

    I could use an eye exam!

  9. Jolene says:

    What a great idea:) hope i win lol i need some new specs

  10. Trina says:

    This is a great site. Just in time for my next eye exam!

  11. Sara says:

    What a smart, thoughtful giveaway!

  12. tazim says:

    I haven’t had an eye exam in a long time – could use one!

  13. Chaminda says:

    Good timing for me as I am getting difficulty reading signs and bus numbers. Hope I can win.

  14. Jen says:

    I have never had a thorough eye exam, so this prize would definitely be appreciated!!!

  15. Jeremy says:

    I am due for an eye exam and in need of new glasses, so this would be wonderful πŸ™‚

  16. Bonnie says:

    I need to get my eyes checked. I haven’t had an eye exam for a few years.

  17. TY says:

    i wouldn’t mind a new frame πŸ™‚

  18. Shelley says:

    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.

  19. Aileen R says:

    This is great! I am due for my eye exam and my daughter is due for her first here shortly.

  20. leah says:

    i need new contacts soon :p

  21. Conrad says:

    I spend far too long in front of a computer. Should get an eye test.

  22. Ada says:

    i need an eye exam, but have no coverage

  23. Linda says:

    I could certainly use this. I’ve had bad eyes since childhood.

  24. jada catling says:

    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.

  25. Don says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  26. Ro says:

    It’s great to be bringing awareness to this. Thanks!

  27. Lindsay says:

    You only get one set of eyes – look after them!

  28. Denbi says:

    Eye health is very important. This is a great prize.

  29. Jan says:

    would be wonderful to give to my mother

  30. LYN says:

    October is a great month to conscious of our eyes.

  31. Michele says:

    This is a great idea. Though it is very important, eye care is unfortunately a major gap in our national health.

  32. Katie says:

    Definitely an important cause

  33. Linda says:

    Eye health is often overlooked. Thanks for offering such a great prize.

  34. Andrew says:

    I’m due for an eye exam, thanks for the reminder!

  35. Don M says:

    it is time for new glasses. This would be great!

  36. matthew m says:

    Been thinking I should get my eyes checked again.

  37. Jennifer says:

    This will come in handy!

  38. Donna L says:

    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!

  39. shelaine says:

    need glasses. pick me.

  40. Brenda says:

    Wow great prize

  41. Cliff says:

    It’s been ages since I’ve had my eyes checked but I should probably do it more regularly

  42. lor says:

    yea to new glasses!!! πŸ˜€

  43. Darwin says:

    Just what I need.

  44. Amrita says:

    This is fantastic!

  45. Katie says:

    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!

  46. Rayna says:

    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.

  47. Loretta says:

    I would appreciate new glasses and contacts. This would be a great prize to win!

  48. Rahim says:

    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.

  49. Erika says:

    This would be awesome, mine were just stolen :S

  50. Karen C says:

    Oh just in time! I need new contact lenses!

  51. Kay says:

    good timing!

  52. Marina says:

    I love having different frames for different looks.

  53. Dora says:

    Good timing! I am overdue for an eye test.

  54. Anika says:

    My peepers could use a little care πŸ™‚

  55. Stephanie says:

    Reading is becoming harder and harder for me. It’s a getting older thing.

  56. Ruby says:

    Just in time!

  57. allison says:

    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!!!

  58. Karla Johnson says:

    An eye exam would be fantastic!

  59. Jeremy says:

    Would love me some Maui Jim prescription Sunglasses!

  60. Tracy says:

    Awesome giveaway…always need more contacts

  61. Fatima says:

    Ah the life of a student… Using old eyeglasses that need considerable repair is the norm.

  62. Curtis says:

    Cool giveaway!

  63. Noella says:

    Great! My husband needs this!

  64. brittany orav says:

    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!

  65. Tracy says:

    It’s time for me to get my eyes tested, I just started to need readers to, well read.:)

  66. Vaughn says:

    Overdue for an eye exam – perfect prize!

  67. Lindsay says:

    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.

  68. Siobhan S. says:

    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!

  69. Rebecca says:

    I think I’ve been wearing the same contacts for like 8 months. Time for a reorder.

  70. Margarete says:

    Awesome. I am in dire need of an eye exam and a pair of new glasses!

  71. Annie says:

    I could really use some new glasses!

  72. Jeff says:

    Sounds good!

  73. Leanne M says:

    That would be fantastic! 2 out of my 3 children need glasses so I could really use it.

  74. Sabinah says:

    I would love to win this…Everyone in my family has glasses!

  75. RM says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  76. Iris says:

    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!

  77. Lara says:

    A very thoughtful and practical giveaway.

  78. mary says:

    in time for a new pair of glasses. yay

  79. Samantha says:

    Very cool – between 2 boys and myself, it would go to use!

  80. Elizabeth B says:

    This would be great timing..I’m due for an exam, glasses, aaannnnnd contacts πŸ™

  81. Jason says:

    $350 would be a godsend for a family on budget such a wonderful prize

  82. Mike J says:

    I love this! I could really use a new pair of glasses!

  83. Lor. says:

    If I win, I will give it to First United DTES

  84. Crystal says:

    Oh happy day! Free glasses

  85. Tracy says:

    I could definitely use some new glasses. Mine are pretty old!

  86. Iz says:

    Yayy! This would be great for contacts!

  87. sandra says:

    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.

  88. Glenda says:

    time to get my eyes checked…what perfect timing for a pair of free glasses

  89. joey prefontaine says:

    I allways appreciate my appointment with my eye doctor, and what a great way to get people in for eye exams and glasses.

  90. Jenn S says:

    your eyes are a precious thing. this is a great reminder, for me to take care of my eyes

  91. Sharon D. says:

    Would be awesome to win, over due for an eyey exam and I need to update my frames.

  92. Murray Atherton says:

    OH i need this so badly… 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!!!!

  93. bucks14 says:

    I’ve been meaning to book an eye doctor appointment…

  94. Richard says:

    I think my wife could use an eye exam! I’ve already had mine, just got new glasses.

  95. Gigi says:

    Haven’t had my eyes checked for years..

  96. Katrina says:

    in need of new glasses, and I don’t have coverage through my work so this would be great.

  97. Dae says:

    I am way overdue for an eye exam.

  98. Dae says:

    I am way overdue for an eye exam so this is great!

  99. Emilia T says:

    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

  100. Ramona says:

    Just ran out of contacts, this would be great!

  101. Shirley says:

    Thank you. I could use a pair of new glasses.

  102. K says:

    Good contest!

  103. Chelle says:

    I was just thinking the other day that I should schedule an eye exam!

  104. BruiseViolet says:

    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!

  105. Renfrew says:


  106. Dana says:

    WOW! What a great prize. πŸ™‚

  107. Elise says:

    Would love to get some new frames!

  108. anne says:

    i could definitely go for an exam, it’s been a long time

  109. Megan says:

    great prize!

  110. Vanessa W says:

    Great timing! I am in need of new glasses!

  111. Marieke says:

    Amazing! I am in real need of prescription sunglasses, the squinting on sunny days is getting a bit tiresome πŸ™‚ I’ve tried the fitting sunglasses over my regular glasses, but it just doesn’t really work.

  112. Shel says:

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  113. KittyPride says:

    I am due for an eye exam, thank you for the chanceto increase the likelihood of my booking an appointment πŸ™‚

  114. C Wilson says:

    Just found out that I need to start wearing glasses so this would be great!

  115. gigi says:

    Most practical giveaway. πŸ™‚

  116. albert c says:

    Great article

  117. JB says:

    Awesome prize! Thanks for the contest! πŸ˜€

  118. Phoenix says:

    I need new glasses so badly, would love to win!

  119. Marianne says:

    A great gift!!

  120. jay says:

    great giveaway!

  121. Thank you for sharing this eye care blog, this is really very nice blog.

  122. Heidi C says:

    Useful prize. Thanks

  123. Tanis says:

    My eyes are terrible and I need a check-up badly and some new contacts. This would come in handy, thank you!

  124. Iain says:

    overdue for a checkup. thanks for the reminder.

  125. Alina says:

    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 πŸ™

  126. Susan says:

    I need glasses! Thanks!

  127. Wally says:

    Thank you. This would really help as I don’t have medical insurance.

  128. Gina says:

    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!

  129. Anne says:

    I could use some new glasses

  130. Amy says:

    This would be a great birthday present…my eyes are getting older!

  131. LZ says:

    Great giveaway, thanks for sharing!

  132. Robyn says:

    My boyfriend needs new glasses…but really I should get checked out too

  133. gail whitworth says:


  134. Terry says:

    Great giveaway!

  135. Mag says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’m due for an eye exam.

  136. Bernadette E. says:

    I would love to win this giveaway for my child. He is dire need of glasses for school! **Crossing Fingers**

  137. Annie says:

    Keeping my eyes on the prize. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

  138. Kathy E. says:

    What an amazing giveaway! Eye health is so important! Thank-you! πŸ™‚

  139. Lauren says:

    Always need another pair of glasses in case I break the ones I have!

  140. Nancy says:

    Eyes are very important, yet they are tend to be overlooked.

  141. Brad W says:

    My eye site is slipping, I keep thinking I’m getting better looking!

  142. Ross Keyes says:

    My eyes hurt πŸ™

  143. Sharon says:

    I’m giving up and accepting I need bifocals!

  144. Laura says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  145. BC says:

    Perfect timing! Just got my eye exam, and I’m needling a new pair of glasses now!

  146. Ursula says:

    What a great prize!

  147. Ag Yuen says:

    Interesting. It’s time to visit an optometric for an exam.

  148. steven says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  149. Mel says:

    I could use another trip to the eye guy.

  150. Jennifer M. says:

    Sounds great!

  151. Ana says:

    crossing my fingers (and my eyes) that I’m the big winner!

  152. Ray Maddly says:

    Awesome prize, hoping I win this.

  153. Maggie says:

    Awesome idea. Fingers crossed.

  154. Sue says:

    please enter me into the draw!

  155. Sarah Chow says:

    I totally need new glasses.

  156. Lori says:

    great giveaway!

  157. Dan says:

    could totally use this

  158. Lori says:

    I so need new glasses – please pick me!!

  159. Jen says:

    Great giveaway! I need some new spectacles πŸ™‚

  160. Margaret says:

    “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!

  161. mary says:

    this would be so helpful!

  162. belinda says:

    Interesting contest and a helpful one as well. Thanks.

  163. Jonathan says:

    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.

  164. Vince says:

    Very cool – and I need new glasses!

  165. Gary says:

    This would be great. I could use a new pair of glasses.

  166. Niamh says:

    Need (& want) this!

  167. Steph :) says:

    I always blink during the puff test

  168. sob says:

    As a widowed mother to a preschooler with eye problems this prize would be a great financial blessing for us.

  169. Stotes says:

    I haven’t had an eye exam in forever.

  170. Cathy says:

    Excellent way to remind parents that kids need eye exams too!

  171. Angela says:

    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.

  172. Mary T says:

    Glasses are SO EXPENSIVE when they are a necessity! I can’t see without them, but often can’t afford them. Great contest!

  173. Peter T says:

    Love new glasses!

  174. Jasmine says:

    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.

  175. Lucinda says:

    I’m due for an eye exam

  176. Angela griffin says:

    Great prize!

  177. Mike Gismondi says:

    I need some new glasses!

  178. Annie A. says:

    My son definitely needs an eye exam, this would be a great prize to win!

  179. Chelsea says:

    Great page! I would love to win, I need glasses!!!

  180. Alex says:

    Long overdue for an eye exam. I can’t ev3n s33 wha7 I am ty9in9 an7more!

  181. CG says:


  182. Daniel says:

    About time for new glasses.

  183. Ruth says:

    Might be time for an update of my lenses!

  184. Amelia says:

    I don’t think it’s my vision that is making my work so hard to read, but it’s worth a check up.

  185. valerie says:

    I’m overdue for a checkup and need new frames…so crossing fingers!!

  186. Jenn Ferguson says:

    Thanks for sharing the FB resource. I have had glasses since grade 3 so I know firsthand how important an optometrist is!

  187. Joseph says:

    Here goes nothing! I could really use an updated pair of glasses.

  188. Rob says:

    I am due for an eye exam!!!

  189. S.LeBlanc says:

    Sounds like a good deal!

  190. 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

  191. Danielle says:

    thank you for the chance to win! eyewear and optometry visits are pricey!!

  192. Tintin says:

    A great prize and I’m due to get new glasses too!

  193. Paula H says:

    Great site. The Ask a Doctor videos have great info. And I can definitely can use a new pair of glasses!

  194. Asha says:

    In desperate need of this!

  195. Maya says:

    This is a great and important prize!

  196. Arjun Rudra says:

    Fingers crossed

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