Seeing Life Through the Eyes of My Kids

Recently I suffered through some really bad headaches, and I was extremely grumpy because of it. Let’s be real — it’s hard to be a great parent if your head is throbbing all of the time. I assumed it was just because of the stress I deal with on a daily basis, but then I had a conversation with my mom.

“When was the last time you had your eyes checked?” She asked. “That could have something to do with your headaches.”

Great question, mom.

I wasn’t really sure. Two years ago? Three years ago? That’s all I needed to get off my rear end and use my VSP Vision Care to schedule an eye exam, and I’m so glad I did.

It didn’t take long to determine that my vision has declined and my eyeglass prescription needed some serious updating. It’s not surprising that a guy who writes for a living will get headaches while straining my eyes in front of my laptop all day.

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I finally went in for my eye exam.

Other than seeing clearly again, my eye exam did something else for me. It reminded me of the importance of seeing life through the eyes of my kiddos. My vision issues didn’t allow me to enjoy the small moments with my daughters as much as I normally would and now things are much better.

I’m back to being the guy who will read stories to them at night and chase them around a water park all day, and now I can do it all without any eye strain or headaches. To me, that’s huge.

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But all of this does come with some regrets, though.

I wish I had my eyes checked sooner. I wish I could go back and read more books to them, or go enjoy the playground instead of staying inside because I felt like my skull was going to explode.

Here’s what I know for sure: time is the world’s most valuable resource because it’s the only resource you can’t get back once it’s gone. My hope is that all parents reading this will take a moment to get an annual eye exam. It’s quick, easy, and can give you the joy of seeing your kiddos grow up without any vision limitations. Because in a blink of our precious eyes, our precious little ones will become adults and start families of their own. Few things are more important than seeing those moments as clearly as possible.

And I have to give credit where credit is due — thanks mom, for always providing the right advice at the right time.

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This post is sponsored by VSP® Vision Care, the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company with the mission to help people #SeeMuchMore. Talk to your employer about getting started with VSP this open enrollment season.

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