This post is sponsored by VSP Vision Care. All opinions however are my own.
WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE AN ANNUAL EYE EXAM
Summer is coming to an end, and this means the school year is here and the holidays are fast-approaching. And this usually means there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that you need to do. With this blog, a full time day job, and four children it can be especially hard to keep it all together. So if you’re anything like me, making time for your own health falls low on the list of priorities. But today I’m here to tell you do not do that! While your overall health is important, so is your eye health. I began wearing glasses at a very young age, and I distinctly remember those annual visits to the eye doctor. And I definitely try to do the same even now for myself and my family. But making that annual eye exam affordable can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have vision insurance through your employer. Did you know you can now buy vision insurance on your own? Through VSP Individual Vision Insurance Plans you can now have affordable vision insurance! Keep reading about reasons to have an eye exam and how you can afford it for as low as $13 a month!
WHY IS EYE HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?
A recent survey conducted by VSP Vision Care and YouGov found that overwhelmingly vision is the most important sense (topping the list at 84% with hearing coming in second at 7%), but many people overlook their eye health even though an annual comprehensive exam can save a life! When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Don’t you think it’s about time to have one? With the dependency on our vision to experience the world around us, maintaining our eye health could never be so important. I can tell you, as a physician who regularly treats people who are going blind it is absolutely devastating when you lose vision that you take for granted every day.
THE EYE TELLS SO MUCH ABOUT THE REST OF YOUR BODY
Are you one of the few that know what can be detected through an eye exam? In the same survey, only 4% recognized that an eye doctor can detect early signs of diabetes. That’s right – it is nothing short of amazing to me what a thorough eye exam can tell you about the rest of your body! I have personally found signs of diabetes, high cholesterol, brain tumors, and hypertension in people who would have never otherwise known that something was amiss. And there are are asymptomatic ocular diseases that can easily steal your vision. Cataracts occur in just about everybody over the age of 75. And glaucoma is the silent thief of vision affecting more than 3 million people. A good comprehensive eye exam can reveal so many things about you!
EVEN SMALL CHANGES CAN IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Your eyesight definitely changes over time. Don’t believe it now? Just wait until you are in your 40s! I am going through this right now. Even small changes in your vision can cause symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, and eye fatigue. Because these changes happen so gradually, you adjust to them, making it appear as though nothing is wrong. For these reasons, it’s important to ensure you have the right prescription by getting an annual eye check exam.
FEEL AND LOOK YOUR BEST
Eyewear fashion is constantly changing. A new pair of glasses can be an easy way to give yourself a fresh look! Not to mention, if your prescription isn’t right or your glasses don’t fit right this can cause problems and prevent you from feeling your best. But glasses don’t interest you? Consider contact lenses as they can open up a world of possibilities in terms of freedom to do the things you want to do. I depend on my contact lenses for good vision, and I don’t know what I would do if I ever lost that.
DO IT FOR YOUR KIDS
So not only do you need an annual comprehensive eye exam but your kids can benefit from one too! Only an estimated 14% of children receive comprehensive eye exams before entering kindergarten or first grade1. In spite of the fact that 25% of children in the United States (12.1 million) have some sort of a vision problem. Is your child having trouble in school? Studies have found that up to 60% of children with learning disabilities have an undiagnosed vision problems3. So that you don’t forget to do it, make it a priority to schedule your child’s eye exam before the start of school so they can be off to the right start! My youngest daughter just started complaining she couldn’t see at distance. At her annual eye exam this year, we found out she needed glasses. And she is so excited to get them!
VSP INDIVIDUAL VISION INSURANCE PLANS
If you are self employed or if your employer doesn’t offer a vision benefit, you don’t have to go without insurance. Did you know can buy an affordable Individual Vision Plan on your own through VSP for as low as $13 a month? And enrolling in a VSP Individual Vision Plan can save you money. Enrolled members can save an average of more than $200 per year on vision costs.
A VSP Individual Vision Plan includes annual benefits that cover:
- A comprehensive eye exam
- Prescription lenses with covered lens enhancements
- A generous allowance for frames and/or contacts
- Hundreds of name-brand frames to fit every budget and style
- Access to the largest network
- of independent doctors
You can visit vspdirect.com for additional resources for the self-employed or to learn more about VSP Individual Vision Plans you can buy on your own. And, the next business day after enrollment, you can visit a VSP network doctor and begin using your vision benefits!
So can take care of your health and your family’s health by getting an annual eye exam. And it has never been easier with VSP Individual Vision Insurance Plans!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo | April
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