With the new school year just around the corner, FEP BlueVision® wants to make sure your child’s annual eye exam is a priority.
Vision is one of the most important factors in learning and development. Nearly 80% of a child’s learning is acquired through his or her visual system, making it the cornerstone for a successful school year.
Studies show that one in four children has a vision problem. Stay proactive in helping your child develop and remember that one of the most important tools for success in school is healthy eyesight!
Your child’s first eye exam
A child should have their first eye exam when they are 3 years old. Take notice if your child is squinting and blinking frequently, as it could be a signal that something is wrong. Even a small deviation in prescription can cause headaches and eye fatigue.
Doctors recommend that your child take frequent breaks while using electronic devices. Set a timer and instruct them to stop looking at the screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Pick the right lenses
If your child wears glasses, mention scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coatings, and polycarbonate lenses when making a purchase. These lenses will help prevent breakage and unnecessary wear.
Choose the right vision plan
FEP BlueVision, backed by the strength and security of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, offers families of active duty service members nationwide vision coverage. Get access to over 91,000 eye care providers, including on-base optometrists, Walmart, Costco, Visionworks and LensCrafters. You’ll also enjoy free eye exams, collection frames and lenses. We also cover enhanced lens treatments like scratch-resistant coating, Transition lenses and Progressives.
Together, we can help make sure you and your children always see what’s important.