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Back to School, Back to Glasses

The Little Style File is proud to partner with MyEyeDr. on this post.

Back to school means school supply shopping, earlier bedtimes and eye exams.  The kids get their eyes examined every year before school starts. This year we thought it would be fun to take the entire TLSF gang together to get their eyes examined. Even us moms got our eyes examined!

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From the moment we walked into the office, the entire staff was super friendly.  Taking 5 kids from ages 3-11 to any appointment can be an um, challenge, but when we walked in the door the receptionist gave the kids who were waiting sunglasses, coloring pages and lots of stickers.  

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While Betsy and I brought all five kids to the same MyEyeDr. location in Chicago, we had very different experiences.

Betsy's Family

When I told Mia and Dylan they were going to the eye doctor they were nervous and not excited about the idea. From the moment we stepped into MyEyeDr. in Wicker Park the process was easy and not scary. They both actually enjoyed getting their eyes examined.

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The tech and doctor were both great with the kids. Dylan was fascinated with all the machines and wanted to see his sister's eye ball! Its fun to turn in a much needed experience into a learning opportunity!

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Dylan and Mia both do not need glasses but mom does. I had glasses when I was young but had grown out of needing them. I am now in my 40's and need glasses for both reading and driving.

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The eye doctor said it will make driving more comfortable at night. I am looking forwards to that!

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Kristin's Family

If you've been a reader of TLSF for a while, you may have seen my oldest daughter in and out of glasses since she was 4.  She was originally diagnosed as being far sighted with an astigmatism.  I have since learned that most children are far sighted to some degree and they usually outgrow it as their eyes grow.  

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Towards the end of last year Ellie had been saying that the board was starting to get blurry.  Then over the summer she couldn't read the clock on the oven while standing in the kitchen.  But she had no problem reading and blew through four Harry Potter books this summer.  

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It turns out that Ellie is now near sighted with an astigmatism.  The doctor recommended glasses when at school so she can read the board and at home while watching tv.  But not when reading. Ellie asked about contacts and Dr. Ellen said they typically will talk contacts with an 11 year old so that could be a new adventure for next year!  Ellie's eyeballs are ever changing so yearly exams are very important for her.

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Will and Madeline had relatively uneventful appointments.  Both of their visions look great and the staff actually got a 3 year old to sit still to take photos of his eyes and do a full exam.

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Will thought the entire thing was pretty funny.  Especially when Dr. Ellen held different lenses in front of his eyes.

I'll be honest, I don't remember ever going to an eye doctor.  My mom assures me I had eye exams as a child but despite having two different colored eyes, I've always had perfect vision.

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Besides checking to see if you need glasses, an eye exam can tell you a lot about your overall health.  Doctors appointments always make me nervous but Dr. Ellen was thorough explaining everything they screened for and all of the results.  Turns out my vision is still perfect!

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Getting Glasses

So many times there are mixed feelings when a person finds out they need glasses.  Thankfully for Betsy and Ellie, MyEyeDr. has tons of frames to select from.

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Having her siblings and friends with her made finding the perfect pair of glasses a really fun experience.

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Everyone got in on the fun of picking out the frames they would want if they were getting glasses today.  As you can tell, there are lots of styles and colors.  It's awesome to have so many choices but a little hard to wrangle the kids in to narrow down to their top few frames.

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We left MyEyeDr. with 2 out of 7 of us needing glasses.  Ordering the glasses was quick and easy and they will be ready for pick up in about a week or so.

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We can't wait to show you what Betsy and Ellie chose for their glasses!  Stay tuned!

This is a sponsored post in partnership with MyEyeDr.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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3 things we learned about car seat safety with Cars.com

This week (September 18-23) is National Child Passenger Safety week. Last week we attended a Car Seat Honor Roll event hosted by Cars.com.  Did you know that Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants under 1 year old and 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4. It was a very informative and educational event for us. They shared with us the best child passenger-friendly vehicles in their Car Seat check honor roll.

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I will be honest when I have shopped for cars, I have always thought about the comfort and safety of our family. At the event I learned that as a parent shopping for a new car, you need to look at how your car seat or booster will fit into the car. This is especially important especially if you have multiple children in car seats. If you are looking for a SUV that can fit 3 car seats across the backseat, the 2018 Honda Odyssey tops the list.

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We learned 3 very important things while at the Honor Roll event. All cars manufactured after 2002 are required by the federal government to have a Latch system.  Latch stands for Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children, which usually consists of two sets of lower Latch anchors and three top tether anchors. Convertibles and pick up trucks don't always have tether anchors. The backseat middle position is considered the safest place for a child although most cars don't have Latch anchors there.

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Kids should be in a booster until they are 4 feet 9 inches (this can vary by state) tall.  Seatbelts are OK when kids are tall enough to sit without slouching, can keep their back on the seat, knees bent over the edge and their feet on the floor.

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Even after kids are out of car seats parents should keep their children out of the front seat until age 13. If you must install a car seat in the front passenger seat, you should deactivate the passenger air bag. The force of an airbag deploying can kill a small child.

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In order to insure your car seat is installed tight enough, grab the car seat at the belt path and pull it side to side. It shouldn’t move more than 1 inch in either direction.

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Cars.com has three certified child passenger safety technicians on staff. They write articles that help us busy parents figure out the complicated world of car seats. You can find there articles here.

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To stay in the know about Car Seat recalls, register your car seat here.  If you are in search for a new family car the Cars.com Car Seat Check honor roll is a helpful tool.

This was a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and our own.

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