This month I am participating in the 30 Day Giving Challenge, with lots of fun giveaways to encourage you to give along the way!
My husband and I both wear glasses and have since we were young, so it was no surprise when we noticed our oldest daughter squinting to see the clock across the kitchen. Although she’s had vision screening at her regular well visits, we knew she needed a full exam to check her vision.
At the beginning of the school year, we were offered complimentary optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging done. The optomap system takes images of the retina, capturing more than 82% of it in a single image (as compared to traditional exams, which capture less than 5%) and can detect cancer, hypertension, AMD, retinal detachment, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Both my 6 year old and 4 year old had optomap images taken as part of their regular eye exams, and this was super non-invasive, painless and quick and thankfully didn’t require dilation.
In the end, we were right: our oldest does need glasses, and chances are that her little sisters will need them down the road as well. But it’s great to know that despite her vision issues, her eyes are healthy, and we’ll definitely stick with an optomap provider in the future for all of our eye exams. (As a side note, while researching optomap exams, I did read varying opinions about the technology, so you’ll want to discuss the options with your eye doctor before making a decision on the best exam method for your family!)
At the end of the appointment, our daughter was beyond excited that she would need glasses (oh, to be 6 years old again!), and she immediately declared that she wanted Disney Princess glasses. However, dropping $150 on glasses after two $75 appointments just wasn’t going to happen. Thankfully, we were able to purchase her a pair of pretty pink glasses for just $35 on Just Eyewear (full disclosure: Just Eyewear offered me a $50 gift card back in August to review their products, which we used for these glasses).
We’ve used online eyewear providers before, and Just Eyewear lived up to our expectations! Our eye doctor was nice enough to give us the necessary measurements (although they did warn that some eye doctors are incredibly sensitive and will get angry if you ask them for those measurements!) so that we could order the glasses, but if you don’t have that information, they even have a handy guide for buying glasses online. My daughter and I spent some time together browsing and narrowing down her choices (starting at just $7.95 a pair, including lenses!) and then placed the order. Her glasses arrived within two weeks, and we couldn’t be happier with them!
As part of the 30 Day Giving Challenge, I will be donating the two additional $50 Just Eyewear gift cards I received for the 30 Day Giving Challenge to a local charity, CCAP of Winchester.
Two Life Your Way readers will also win $50 Just Eyewear gift cards to use or donate, which covers your choice of glasses and single-vision lenses!
Enter to Win
Every reader has three methods available to enter this contest:
1. Leave a comment. Do you volunteer in your community? How do you give back locally?
2. Subscribe to Life Your Way by email or in a feed reader. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed.
3. “Like” Just Eyewear on Facebook. Come back and leave a separate comment once you’ve done so!
(2) $50 Just Eyewear gift card
This giveaway ends at 9 p.m. EST on 11/10. The winners will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well!
More Chances to Win
Be sure to visit the other bloggers leading the 30-Day Giving Challenge for more chances to win:
- Frugal Femina
- For The Mommas
- Resourceful Mommy
- Amy’s Finer Things
- My Blessed Life
- Kingdom First Mom
While Life Your Way is not traditionally a blog about faith, many of our giveaways this month will feature Christian authors or products. This was not done on purpose or to exclude nonbelievers or negate your giving, and I hope you’ll still participate in the challenge with us! Read more here.