I wrote a post about my experience buying glasses but wanted to add on to that by stressing the importance of vision care as we age. It’s common to put eye exams on the backburner because not all health care plans cover them as extensively as they should. Some of us only get checkups when we absolutely need them and not on a regular basis.
VSP Individual Vision Plans can help you take care of your eyes as you age. If you’ve been to the eye doctor you know the cost of glasses, contacts or treatments for eye problems can be hefty. Vision problems are a part of the natural aging process and getting your eyes examined on a regular basis will help improve your quality of life.
I’ve worn glasses since I was six and contacts since I was 14. My eyesight has always been an issue for me. At my last optometrist appointment, my doctor told me I had the beginnings of cataracts. She said it was nothing to be alarmed about . . . yet . . . and was common for people my age. Still, it’s something I need to check regularly as I get older and, at some point, may require expensive surgery. Individual Vision Plans start as low as $17 per month and can save more than $200 annually. Once you become a member, you’ll have access to Exclusive Member Extras with savings up to $2,500 per year on leading industry brands.
The importance of vision care over 50
Make sure to schedule an annual eye exam to update your prescriptions (if you wear glasses or contacts) and to check for damage or eye disease. Your eyes are indicators of what’s going on in your overall health. Out of date prescriptions can cause you to become dizzy, lose your balance, or develop headaches and that can be dangerous or even debilitating when you’re older.
Yearly eye exams test for eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. I imagine people who are blessed with perfect vision are less inclined to have regular checkups because they don’t think there’s a need. But, they need to have regular checkups like everyone else because age-related problems and hidden eye diseases may start to develop and it’s always best to catch them early.
Another reason to schedule regular vision care checkups is if you have health issues that could potentially affect your vision. Doug (my significant other) has a rare form of lymphoma that can cause blurred vision and needs to have regular eye exams to check for potential tumors. A vision care specialist can diagnose and monitor the effects on vision caused by hypertension and diabetes.
Having a good vision insurance plan gives you peace of mind for not only routine care but also for emergencies.
This post has been sponsored by VSP and I have received compensation for this review. However, my opinions are my own.