This post is sponsored by VSP. All opinions however are my own.
Make Your Vision Health A Priority
Today’s post is an important one. Many of you may not know this, but in addition to being a physician I am also an optometrist! I have made it my life’s work to help people to see better, and I have been fortunate to be able to do this in both of my careers. So when VSP reached out to me, I was thrilled! It is such an honor to be able to promote the importance of a regular eye exam to the readers of this blog. When I am not blogging, I am regularly discussing with my patients the importance of eye health, and why they should make it a priority. Far too often I have seen patients who didn’t do this, and the consequences can be devastating, unfortunately.
An Eye Exam is More Than About Your Eye
With the school year starting and the holidays approaching, it can easy to brush aside your own health. I know I have done this. But scheduling your annual eye exam should rank high on your to-do list, even if you have 20/20 vision. Everyone can benefit from an eye exam, from babies, to children, to adults and seniors. Vision problems can affect people throughout their lives. Did you know 25% (or one in four) of children have some type of vision impairment1. I had my first experience with an eye doctor when I was 8 years old, when I noticed I couldn’t see the board at school. I was outspoken enough to say something, but so many children are not.
And it doesn’t get better in the adult years. More than 3 million Americans over the age of 40 have some form of vision impairment2. And almost everyone who spends long hours at the computer has some type of issue with eye strain. As we age cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration all become issues. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans age 65 and older3. And by age 75 nearly everyone has a cataract4. Glaucoma is the silent thief of vision, as most people are unaware they have it until it is too late. Over 3 million Americans are affected with this disease5.
Your Prescription Is Always Changing
I remember vividly my annual trip to the eye doctor as a child. Near-sightedness was an issue for me from a very young age, and every year I had to get a new pair of glasses. Believe it or not, this continued until I was 30 years old! I’ve always loved science, and it was these early experiences that made me decide to become an eye doctor. Even now I notice my prescription never stays the same, and this is why I personally go to the eye doctor every year. And now that I have children, I certainly worry that they may have inherited my eyes, so I make sure they get an eye exam every year at the beginning of the school year.
Contact Lens Wearers Need Eye Exams Too
An annual eye exam is especially important if you are a contact lens wearer. I have seen so many complications from contact lenses, and it all stems from not having regular care, or not taking care of lenses properly. I depend on my contact lenses for good vision, and I don’t know what I would do if I ever lost that. Contact lenses are medical devices, so regular exams with your eye doctor to review your prescription and monitor your eye health are important.
Glasses Are A Fashion Statement
Even though I love wearing contact lenses, I love wearing glasses too! If you have VSP insurance like I do, there are so many stylish frames from which you can choose that will be covered by your insurance. Every VSP network doctor features a wide selection of designer frames within your budget. Brands such as Chloe´, Nautica, Calvin Klein, Flexon, and Archon NYC (as well as many more) are available through your VSP network doctor at a significant cost savings.
The frames you choose can say a lot about you! You can have a pair of glasses to showcase your fun loving side on the weekends. Have another pair to show your professional side during the the week. Choose frames that complement your skin tone. I personally like colors such as tortoise, pink, mauve and gray, as these colors complement my cooler skin tone. Select eyeglasses that contrast from your facial contours and bring symmetry and balance to your prominent features. Eyeglasses can bring out the best in you!
VSP Vision Care Is Committed To You
Through every stage of life, VSP is committed to the overall health and wellness of its members and their families. and with VSP, your wellness comes first. VSP is the only national not-for-profit vision insurance company, and they put put their members first so you can trust you’re getting the best care possible. VSP is there for you and your family, through every stage of life. As a VSP member, you’ll experience the high-quality care and personalized attention you deserve. And they have a large network of doctors, with the lowest out-of-pocket costs to you.
So don’t forget to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam with a VSP network doctor. You can find one near you by visiting VSP.com.
 Donahue SP, Johnson TM, Ottar W, Scott WE. Sensitivity of photoscreening to detect high-magnitude amblyogenic factors. J AAPOS. 2002;6:86-91.
 Prevent Blindness America, 2002
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo | April