Protect Your Children’s Eyes All-Year Round!
Since both Dara and I wear glasses and we’ve worn them for a very long time, eye safety is something that is important to us. We made it a point to take the girls to the optometrist when they were very young and to make sure that their eyes are healthy.
We continue to take them every single year to get their eyes examined. Gabby wears glasses while Mimi doesn’t need them yet. Finding a Doctor of Optometry who is great with kids is a bonus and it makes them comfortable to keep going back every year.
Mimi was a bit scared going for the first time but, the doctor made her laugh and had animal shapes for her to pick out. Soon enough, she was over her fear and having a good time picking out shapes and animals for the doctor.
Yearly eye exams not only detect the need for eyeglasses but, it can help detect any other eye disease that you may not be aware of. All in all, it’s important to get checked–kid or adult!
Halloween is Right Around the Corner!
That means that our kids will be dressing up as their favorite superheroes or characters. Whether the costumes are heroic or spooky, you can bet that they can be either simple or pretty elaborate. That’s the fun of it all, right?
We always make it a point to make sure that both of the girls’ costumes are “eye-safe” while still achieving the “cool” factor they are going after. We avoid masks that obstruct their path of vision and we most definitely avoid the use of decorative cosmetic contact lenses, unless they have been properly fit by a doctor of optometry.
Get Dolled Up!
We are big on Halloween and the girls love that they are able to wear make-up when they dress-up! Whether we paint on wispy whiskers or Egyptian eyeliner–we make sure that it’s hypoallergenic. That way, it makes things easier; no one wants to deal with allergic reactions when there is fun to be had!
One of the most important things to remember is to practice the “Be Seen, be safe” rule on Halloween night. Your kids should don appropriate reflective clothing to ensure that they are visible to motorists and other people while out trick-o-treating.
So, protect your kids this Halloween and all-year round by getting their eyes checked by a Doctor of Optometry. I always say that it is better knowing since sometimes some diagnoses can be corrected!
As for Halloween, remember, be seen and be safe while you go out this year too!
Do you and your kids get your eyes tested regularly?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.