Saturday, August 08, 2015

Back 2 School Promotion from JCPenney Optical / Promotion ends September 15th and Photo Contest Ends August 16th

I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Do you have a child that wears prescription glasses? My daughter has been wearing prescription glasses for about 4 years now. When she was a baby, we knew that something didn't seem right with her eye because it used to twitch a lot. We took her to her pediatrician and they kept telling us everything was fine. As she got older, her eye started to get worse. She had a hard time seeing things that were in front of her, she was very clumsy, she was having difficulty focusing and she kept saying that her eye hurt. So we took her to get her eyes examined at the eye clinic. That's when we found out she had esotropia (primary), strabismic amblyopia (in the right eye) and anisometropia.

Strabismic Amblyopia - develops when the eyes are not straight. One eye may turn in, out, up or down. When this happens, the brain begins to ignore, or "turns off" the eye that is not straight and the vision begins to drop in that eye.

Anisometropia - this is a condition caused by two eyes having a significant difference in refractive power, meaning one eye has much poorer vision than the other.

Esotropia - This is a form of strabismus, or "squint" that causes one or both eyes to turn inward. It gives the person a "cross-eyed" appearance and can be constant or occur intermittently.

For years now we've been doing eye therapy by patching her strong eye leaving the weaker eye exposed. This helps strengthen the weak eye making it work hard to focus and it improves vision. At the same time, she had to wear her glasses while doing the eye patching. After her second appointment, the doctor seen some improvement, but not much... We were worried because they mentioned that if her eye didn't improve, they would have to do surgery. After about a year and a half of doing the therapy, they started noticing a lot of improvement in her eye and she did not need surgery. We recently took her to her appointment and her doctor lowered her prescription and they said she has an astigmatism now. 

Astigmatism - Astigmatism causes the eye to loose focus, have blurred or distorted vision, causes eye strain, headaches, and even eye squinting. 

We do have to continue with her eye patch therapy a couple hours each day till her next appointment. Now that we have a new prescription, we're going to be heading on over to JCPenney and take advantage of their amazing promotion! This promotion is going to save us a lot of money and my daughter is excited to get a new glasses before school starts. The only thing about her getting new frames is that she'd have to train herself to wear them. The frames she now are the child safe frames that have the elastic band on the back making them stay on her head as she moves around. But I'm sure she'll be able to get the hang of the regular frames once she gets used to it.

Back 2 School Promotion Details:

Promotional Dates:
July 6th to September 15th

JCPenney is also doing a Glasses-4-Classes Photo Contest!

How to enter: 
  • Parents need to snap a picture of their kid preparing to go back to school and share the picture on Twitter, Instagram, or the JCPenney Optical Facebook Wall.
  • Use hashtag: #PicMyKidContest

To qualify:
  • Twitter and Instagram accounts must be public for the entry to be official
  • 12 winners will be picked to each win a $30 JCPenney gift card to purchase new frames for their child.
  • Dates for entry: July 8th to August 16th

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I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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