It’s Easier Than You Think
It’s natural to think about giving this time of year. At LaFollette Eye Clinic, we see several people every holiday season who have been gifted with sight. Do you know someone who could use the gift of clear vision?
A Holiday Surprise
Several years ago, I received orthodontia as a surprise. That’s right – I got braces for Christmas. Sure, I had been talking about getting them for some time. But I just hadn’t done it yet. As it turns out, it was one of the best gifts I have received. Better yet, my orthodontist and his staff were really excited to make this happen for me.
I know there are a lot of vision charities out there. And, it would be pretty easy to visit one of their websites and click to make a donation. While that’s good, is there someone closer to you that has a more immediate visual need?
Think About It
Do you know someone who would appreciate the gift of better vision? It may be someone who has talked about needing an eye exam or new glasses. Or, you may know someone who has a need even if they haven’t expressed it openly.
Either way, it’s easier to give the gift of clear vision than you think.
Here are 5 ways you might give the gift of better vision this holiday season:
Give a new pair of glasses. We receive a lot of gift requests in The Eyewear Gallery. Sometimes the recipient knows the giver, but not always. Either way, a new pair of glasses can really improve someone’s visual lifestyle.
Give an eye exam. This is common too, and very important. A comprehensive eye examination with an eye doctor you trust is the foundation of good eye health and clear vision. I see several patients each holiday season whose exams are gifts from someone else. Giving someone a ride to their exam is another great way to get involved.
Give contact lenses. This year I had a young, athletic boy whose teammates bought him an exam and contacts. His parents agreed, because his glasses kept falling off at sporting events. He was excited to receive such a gift.
Give a gift card or certificate. Like my orthodontist and his team, you may find that your local eye care professionals are happy to help you give such a meaningful gift. Even if they don’t gift cards, they can usually add credit to your recipient’s account.
Give accessories. Accessorizing someone’s visual lifestyle is a sure way to help them see more clearly and improve their visual lifestyle. Choose items like microfiber cleaning cloths, spray cleaners, cases for sunglasses, or a supply of colorful contact lens cases. These items should be available at your favorite eye clinic.
As you can see, it’s easy to give the meaningful gift of sight this holiday season. Now, think about someone you know who might appreciate such a gift. Is there something you can do for them this holiday season?
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