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Think About Your Eyes Announces #seebeyond2020 Contest Winners

January 24, 2020 GMT

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign about the importance of scheduling an annual eye exam with an optometrist, is proud to announce the winners of the #seebeyond2020 contest. In October 2019, Think About Your Eyes launched the contest to capture and feature the stories of individuals whose lives were enhanced by visiting the eye doctor. Winners were selected by a panel of six judges who reviewed all 1,900 entries. Criteria in winner selection included how well the eye health story communicated a life-changing impact of an eye exam and how well it conveyed how eye health contributes to the quality of life.

The contest’s grand prize winner is Patricia Burke of Summerville, S.C., who submitted her daughter Gwendolyn’s story. The Burke family adopted Gwendolyn from China shortly before her 15th birthday. When her parents noticed she was squinting often, they asked her if she had trouble seeing and she told them she did. During her 13 years at an orphanage, there were no records of her ever having an eye exam. Since her eye exam and getting glasses, Burke reports Gwendolyn has flourished in school. Gwendolyn’s experience also inspired Burke to take her other children in for a comprehensive eye exam, where she learned her other two daughters also needed vision correction.

“When we took her in for an eye exam, her vision was really bad,” Burke said. “Her seeing for the first time was nothing short of amazing. She danced, she clapped, she jumped and squealed! It touched all of our hearts that day.”

“At Think About Your Eyes, we believe vision health is about so much more than 20/20 vision,” said Jane Balek, Executive Director of Think About Your Eyes. “Through the #seebeyond2020 contest, we were inspired to hear stories like the Burke family’s. We hope they will inspire others to prioritize their vision health and schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam.”

As the grand prize winner, Burke was awarded a $1,000 cash prize. A total of 10 additional winners were selected to receive a $25 cash prize. Additional winners included:

Throughout 2020, Think About Your Eyes will continue to share more about these winners’ stories. To learn more about the impact an eye exam had on these winners’ lives, follow Think About Your Eyes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In order to find a doctor near you to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam, visit ThinkAboutYourEyes.com.

About Think About Your Eyes
Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness initiative presented by the Vision Council and American Optometric Association, focused on educating consumers about the importance of vision health and annual comprehensive eye exams. Current partners include 45 state optometric associations and AFOS, Alcon, The Vision Council, All About Vision, Optelec, Jobson Optical Group, National Vision, Inc. (NVI), SpecialEyes, Hilco Vision, Walman Optical, Transitions, Essilor, Luxottica Group, Eschenbach, Johnson & Johnson Vision, First Vision Media Group, Vision Expo, Compliancy Group. For more information, visit www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com.

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