Children’s Eye Health Benefit Enacted for Healthy Vision for Kids

Children's Eye Health Benefit Enacted for Healthy Vision for Kids

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Adapting to new health care laws and keeping up with the changes to these laws has not been easy, so today we’re offering a little help with an important reminder of the important benefits that parents can take advantage of through the Affordable Care Act. 

Parents, did you know that The Affordable Care Act offers health insurance plans with children’s eye health benefits? Your child’s comprehensive eye exams and contact lenses or glasses can all be covered under one plan thanks to the vision benefits available under the Affordable Care Act. 

This was not always the case. At first, the Affordable Care Act only covered child vision screenings during regular checkups. Changes to the Act, however, made it easier for parents to correct and address any issues identified through screenings. And as we shared in a recent post, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology all recommend that parents take children for screenings at least once a year. 

Vision screenings are a fast and easy way to track the health of your child’s eyes and vision. This simple test can quickly identify any eyesight problems, so they can be promptly corrected before the academic or social development of a child is hindered. Children can receive screenings at the doctor’s office as well as health centers, schools, and sometimes even community events. 

If during a screening, it becomes apparent that a child’s vision or eyes are in some way weak or not functioning and developing as they should, they will then need to a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This more extensive test performed by an expert will reveal the actual cause of any vision issue. And fortunately, these comprehensive exams can be fully covered by an Affordable Care Act plan. 

Eye screenings are just one way to ensure the health of your child’s eyes. Another essential step is to make sure their eyes are always protected by harmful UV rays. Learn more about Real Kids sunglasses, specifically designed to offer stylish sun safety for kids