I married a man in glasses. So, it makes sense that I have a child that needs a pair as well. Liam has been wearing a pair for several years now and it’s important that we stay on top of his doctor’s visits to ensure he continues to see through the right prescription. As a busy mom of three, I need to consider several factors when determining where I spend my time and money: convenience, variety, and ease.I’m all about that one-stop-shop kind of feel. Pearle Vision made eyeglass shopping a breeze for my family. Pearle Vision was founded over 50 years ago, with the “vision” of a one-stop,total eye care center. Now they have close to 600 eye care centers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The whole thing is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus on delivering genuine eye care to patients.
Earlier this week, while I was at the pool with the kids, I decided that I should make an eye appointment for later that afternoon at one of the many Pearle Vision locations near my house in Nassau, Long Island. I went onto the website and chose where I wanted to go and which timeslot worked best for my family.
They didn’t require any detailed insurance information over the Internet, so I was able to do everything over my phone. What a breeze. We finished up with our aquatic fun and then headed in for our scheduled time. Considering the fact that I only had to drive 2 miles, I wasn’t concerned about being late. As soon as I arrived, Liam began his appointment and I was able to remain by his side throughout the entire procedure. The optometrist was really great with him – what a kid friendly location! The Doctor at Pearle Vision explained – in detail – what was happening every step of the way and my son was completely at ease going from one machine to another. Did you know that:
- 90% of children under the age of 6 who should be wearing prescription glasses are not
- 80% of what children learn is through their eyes
- 1 out of 20 children has a problem that could result in permanent vision loss if left unattended
- 10% of preschoolers and 25% of kids in K-6th grade have vision deficiencies
- 75% of children haven’t had an eye exam by age 5 even though they should have their first at age 3
- The AOA estimates that 80% of preschoolers do not receive vision screenings
- 40% of teenagers need vision correction – and several of them go untreated
After a very thorough exam (which included checking his overall vision, color vision, depth perception and general eye health), we then were brought to the Youth section of the lens wall and were walked through all the different styles for children. Liam tried on several different styles and landed on one that he liked. He’s been BEGGING for transition lenses, so we ordered them and were told that everything would come in on Tuesday – just four days later. What a great turnaround! Because my son plays sports and is a very active boy, we decided to also add in a year-long protection plan. Should anything happen to the lenses or the frames, Pearle Vision will fix them!
The best part of the trip? Liam got to walk out of Pearle Vision with some funny new shades! Just kidding! In order to check the back of his eyes, the doctor had to use some eye drops that dilated his pupils. They became rather sensitive to light (all very normal). Happy to say that Liam got a clean bill of health and a new pair of glasses. Meanwhile, I got peace of mind!
To book an eye appointment for you or for any member of your family, click here. To check out Liam’s new transition lenses – see below!!
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