Making Eye Exams A Priority This Back-To-School Season




Back to school marks a time when parents and children, alike are excited about getting back on track and in the swing of a daily schedule. Oftentimes, children love the idea of picking out new school supplies and clothes for the year ahead, but what about their health? As parents, it’s our job to guide our children into making the right decisions and to learn that health and well-being are a priority that top the list. Getting an annual eye exam, in addition to a yearly doctor’s check up, is top priority in my household, especially, since I have issues with my vision. Twenty-five percent of children have vision problems that could impact their learning, and 80 percent of everything a child learns in his first 12 years comes through his eyes.  If corrective lenses are needed, select lighter, stronger and safer lenses such as Airwear®. The lenses are made using eco-friendly practices; 100 percent of the production waste from Airwear® lenses is recycled, greatly reducing the environmental footprint put forth by the manufacturing process. Airwear® lenses are the first Essilor lenses to GO GREEN.

As a parent, I appreciate that their lenses are tough and durable- so tough that NASA uses the same material to construct visors for astronauts. Airwear® lenses from Essilor are 43 percent lighter and 25 percent thinner than regular lenses, and 12 times more impact-resistant than standard plastic lenses.  Kids are active, so select lenses as active as they are; Essilor Junior lenses, which are made of Airwear® material, are specifically designed for kids and resist scratches and smudges and are easy to clean.  A quality parents can appreciate!
Twelve to 15 million people annually develop blindness from cataracts –and about 20 percent of those cases may be caused or compounded by sun exposure. Airwear® lenses provide 100 percent protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Airwear And I are hosting a contest! If you’re a parent, we would love to hear your thoughts on how you envision keeping your child safer, healthier and more successful this school year.  Share your thoughts (in 250 words or less) by entering Airwear’s Lighter Safer Greener contest by visiting

One grand prize entrant will win $1,000, while 10 first prize entrants will win Airwear® lens vouchers valued up to $400.

Beth Aldrich is a Certified Healthy Lifestyle-Green Living Expert, Author and mother of three sons living in Chicago; visit her book’s blog/website at


  1. brooke says:

    Talking about glasses, I’ve been curious if computer glasses help with glare. I need to go in and find out!

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