Posted by: Janet Hughes | December 29, 2009

Janet’s Top Posts 2009

Wishing you all the best in 2010!

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
—Hal Borland

Blogging about children’s vision proved to be another great year for Janet’s Journal.

From healthy tips to updates and political reports, advocating for our children’s best vision has again been rewarding and lots of fun.

Here are my top posts in 2009.  My favorites include: Top Ten “Eye do” and Don’ts; Here’s the Deal; AAP Vision Policy gets NSF; Eyes on U-Tube; and What’s Going On?  As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated!

Thank you for visiting Janet’s Journal. Your friendship and support keeps me writing!


Healthy New Year! Top Ten “Eye do” and Don’ts Jan. 10, 2009
Here are my top ten “do and don’ts” for your eyes.  Oh oh…includes the #1 resolution I did NOT keep!
Read more here…

What’s Going On? February 1, 2009
Janet’s Journal took a new spin in February.  Read about my concerns while listening to a great song.

Listen and read here…

Vision First form rejected? April 19, 2009
When Illinois’ eye exam law went through the rule-making process, I had many questions why the state’s form would be the only form accepted as proof of an eye exam. Read the objections, voice of reason and common sense, and many great comments from supporters of the Vision First form here…

Janet Wins Seat on Grade School Board April 29, 2009
This post also links to my new education blog “Reaching the Stars.”
Yes, it’s been a busy year! Read about the election here…

New ImageHere’s the deal…”Illinois” Hold’em style!
May 18, 2009
Written for the novice poker player, here’s my spin on the famous game “Texas Hold’em.” Comments were great! Deal the kids a winning hand here…

Celebrating 7 Years on Vision Mission June 30, 2009
Today Illinois leads the nation with Amy’s Vision Law and a required eye exam before starting school.  Can’t believe it started seven short years ago!  Blessing to my daughter Amy for passing her vision screenings. Read more here…

AAP Vision Policy Gets NSF August 31, 2009
Another post with many great comments. Read my list of  “overdrawn statements” followed by deposits.  Includes my analogy to breastfeeding, too.  Also links to helpful websites, articles, and Sue Barry’s book “Fixing My Gaze” here…

Eyes on U-Tube: Screening or Exam? September 30, 2009
View the video of Amy and me with Dr. Sandra Block. Made in 2004 and a winner of the National Eye Institute’s Healthy Eyes Healthy People grant! View here…

Janet attends COVD in Denver October 23, 2009
Attending the College of Optometrists in Vision Development convention was exciting and helpful.  Met many great people in the eye care field.  See fun photos here…

A closer look at H.R. 577–Vision Care for Kids Act Nov. 26, 2009
The Vision Care for Kids Act of 2009 aims to provide $65,000,000 over the next five years. Grant money will be awarded as follow-up care to states participating in vision screenings. OUCH…vision screenings!
Read more here…

Did you know I’m also an advocate to stop drunk driving?

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

If you’re going to drive, please don’t drink. And if you’re going to drink, please don’t drive. Read more on my new education blog here…

Make a difference in the eyes of a child! Follow three simple steps in the “Kids Eyes Count Campaign.”

KNOW vision screening is not a substitute for eye examination.

MAKE comprehensive eye and vision examinations by an eye doctor part of a child’s healthcare.

KEEP eye care health and good vision habits a priority.

Join the “Kids Eyes Count” email list here. Receive updates and important news.

Vision First respects your privacy. Your email address will not be shared or sold. Sign-up here today! Thank you for your interest and support.

Copyright © 2009 Janet Hughes. All rights reserved.


  1. Hi Janet just in the time of the New Years, love how you put your Journal together ~ your effort to help others this past year and then some Janet is set for standing ovation, thank you
    Hope to hear from you in 2010 on Care2

    Happy New Year
    Glenda and Steven

  2. Hi Janet:

    Great job with your top 10 list for 2009. 10 very interesting posts.

    Keep up the excellent work for children’s vision.


    P.S. I love the beautiful picture of you in your red dress. You look absolutely stunning!

  3. It has been a pleasure to see you striving to improve the lives of so many children in 2009. May 2010 find you reaching for the stars and grasping them!

  4. you certainly are a “child of God” and on behalf of all “The Kids that count” i thank you for what you are doing for them –

    god bless you.


  5. Dear Janet…

    I always enjoy your ‘up dates’. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and to you and yours, from my heart to you all, Have a Very Healthy New Year.

  6. Thanks, wishing you a happy fruitful New Year, take care!

  7. Dear Janet, I just wanted to thank you for the important and committed work that you do so well! I wish you peace and all that is possible in a healthy and happy new year! Loran

  8. Another excellent and most helpful article Janet! thank you

  9. Love the picture of you and Muffin! You’ve come a long way since those days at McKinley School.

    Happy New Year, and I am blessed to have you as a friend.

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