When I was growing up, my beloved father was full of inspiration: “Find a need, and fill it.”
I valued his wisdom. Surprisingly during the summer of 2002, my eldest daughter’s first eye exam found a serious problem that vision screenings missed!
Shocked at the eye doctor’s findings, I thought the vision screening “passed” the wrong child. Having read almost every book on parenting and motherhood, I did everything that was recommended or required by the pediatricians and school. Why didn’t I know anything about children’s eye exams?
My family and I learned an important lesson that day; a lesson needed to be shared with everyone: Vision screening is not a substitute for an eye exam by an eye doctor.
Yes… I found a need. And for the past seven years, I’ve been inspired by my father to do all I can to fill it.
Today Illinois leads the nation with “Amy’s Law” and a required eye exam before starting school. My youngest son’s kindergarten registration packet will be complete with an eye exam form. Every child across the nation deserves the same chance to ensure success.
I realize now the vision screenings didn’t pass the wrong child. The vision screenings passed the right child… mine!
Never underestimate your ability to make a difference.
Please join me on this mission. Share your story with us. Find answers, help, and hope here. Make Vision First your mission, too. Let’s bring children’s vision into the 21st century.
Together, we can make a difference in the eyes of every child.
Make a difference here! Join the Kids Eyes Count email list…
Copyright (c) 2009 Vision First Foundation. All rights reserved.