When I first moved to Miami Beach five years ago, it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. Coming from NY, I had never seen such an array of natural color and pink sidewalks, yes PINK. I must’ve took so many pictures in the first few weeks, including one with my husband & my hands intertwined and displaying our newly added wedding rings. Too bad I lost the picture files when my old computer crashed. But, I am truly thanking God I have such a vivid memory of these images in my mind. Which brings me to a new brand campaign  from Transition lenses that emphasizes the importance of having healthy vision to clearly see & remember these beautiful “sights.”

Everyone in my immediate family wears glasses, so chances are my kids will probably need them too at some point. I think I was in junior high when we realized that I was squinting to see the blackboard. So eventually I got the glasses and eventually the contact lenses. However, in college, I did not take the best care of my eyes which led me to develop a corneal ulcer & abrasions. Let me tell you, it was not fun to have to be rushed to the ER because I was in so much pain and couldn’t see. Ever since then, I have stuck with glasses. I know that I will take my kids’ vision seriously because of what I have went through with my own. This brings me to part of the Transition lenses campaign in which they would like you to make a promise to take care of your family’s vision by signing the Family Eye Promise. Learn more here.

My glasses are like my lifejacket that I grasp for whenever I wake up. It’s as if I can’t start my day without them. As I attended Hispanicize over the last few days, I was grateful to be able to see the beautiful “sights” of Miami that surrounded me.  We had the opportunity to take a Yacht Cruise and party at a historic mansion on the water, so you can imagine how amazing it was to be able to see it clearly. At night, Miami gets even more colorful as buildings are lit in blues, greens, pinks, reds and more! My husband wears contacts, so he was able to see everything clearly too!

If you are in the Miami area this weekend, Transitions lenses and Sears Optical would like to invite you to attend the Great Taste of the Grove Food and Wine Festival on April 14 and 15, 2012 where they will be offering you a chance to take part in free vision screenings and the Ultimate Sightseeing Experience! Learn more here. While you are there, feel free to snaps some pics and enter the Official Sponsor of Sightseeing™ Sight of the Day Photo Contest for your chance to win the Ultimate Sightseeing Dream Vacation! Learn more here. They will also be giving away a trip for two to Chicago at the Miami tour stop.

In a place like Miami, having the lenses that darken to protect your vision when you go out in the sun can be very useful. My dad started using Transition lenses when he first found out about them and reported to me being able to see things more defined while out in the sun. (He’s since had laser eye surgery, so he sticks with sunglasses now.) I do not own a pair myself, but I have considered it. I have to admit being a bit jealous of the Miami women being able to wear sunglasses, while I am tied to my prescription lenses. I love that Transition allows you the opportunity to be fashionable, yet practical at the same time.

Overall, I believe that being able to see clearly allows me the opportunity to recall beautiful memories from my past. Without my glasses, it’s as if I am stumbling through the world with no definition. I hope you decide to take the pledge for you family along with me. Don’t forget to check out Transition lenses at the festival and enter to win an awesome dream vacation!

“I wrote this sponsored blog post for compensation while participating in the SocialMoms and Transitions lenses blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.”