Vision Care: Important Back-To-School Checklist Item

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To help students see their full potential, VSP® Vision Care has launched #EyeGiveBack.  Right now when you give the Gift of Sight, you give twice. When you purchase a vision insurance plan as a gift, VSP will donate an eye exam and glasses to a child in need, up to a total retail value of over $115,000. Find out more at

With back-to-school upon us or nearly here we are all making lists upon lists for things that we need for the kids—backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils, paper, and notebooks. We set up doctor appointments for shots, and take them to the dentist to get their teeth cleaned. But what is it that we are forgetting? Eye exams!


With summer coming to a close and a new school year about to begin, an eye exam should be at the top of every parent’s back-to-school checklist—just like an annual physical. I think it is something that a lot of parents, including myself, forget about.

Consider these facts for a moment:

  • 15 million kids go back to school every year with undiagnosed vision problems.
  • More than 60% of children with learning problems have undiagnosed vision problems.
  • By age five all children should have completed three eye exams, but 76% of children haven’t received a comprehensive eye exam before starting kindergarten.
  • One in four children has an undetected vision problem.
  • About 20% of children struggle to read because of vision problems.
  • An annual comprehensive eye exam can ensure that correctable visual problems don’t become permanent.

My child was the one in four kids who had an undetected vision problem. For about a year she asked for glasses. She thought that she looked cute in them and her friends liked her in glasses. When she said that she thought that she needed them because it was hard to see I waved her off. She was tested at school every year and the paper that came home said she "was within normal vision ranges" so I never took her in to see an actual eye doctor. That was my big parenting mistake. When we finally took her in to have her eyes checked at the eye doctor, and he laughed and asked her how she got through the day because he eyes were so bad! Not my best parenting moment for sure!

This year, the first thing on my back-to-school checklist was eye exams for all of my kids. Two of the kids got new prescriptions and glasses ... and boy do they look good!


About VSP’s Individual Insurance Plan

VSP is the nation’s ONLY not-for-profit vision care company. Did you know that family and friends can purchase vision insurance as a gift for someone they love for less than $17/month? And right now, when you purchase VSP vision insurance through the #eyegiveback program, you give twice: VSP will donate an eye exam and glasses to a child in need. You can get more information here:

VSP coverage includes:

  • Covers eye exams with a low co-pay
  • Cost is as low as $17 per month
  • Lowest out-of-pocket cost in vision care with a typical annual savings of $227
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed
  • 30,000 providers in convenient locations
  • Allowances for glasses or contacts plus fully covered lens options


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by VSP Vision Care. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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