When is the last time you saw your eye doctor for a vision exam? It’s recommended that you have a vision exam once per year. Even if you have naturally good vision or have had corrective laser vision surgery, an annual eye exam is still important.
Annual eye exams not only help to detect vision problems, they can also show signs of other health conditions. Your eyes are the only place in your body that provides a clear view of your blood vessels, arteries and cranial nerve. Your eye doctor can discover health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all through a simple vision exam.
Aging can mean eye issues
As people age, they become more susceptible to cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Did you know that cataracts are the most common cause of blindness? With glaucoma, vision loss occurs gradually over time and symptoms often do not show until the disease has progressed. Early detection of these conditions is key to keeping your eyes healthy and your vision sharp.
Adults aren’t the only people that need vision exams. It’s important to have your children’s eyes examined as well. Studies show that 60 percent of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision troubles. It’s recommended that children have their first eye exam at just 6 months of age, followed by another at around age two or three and then again before starting kindergarten.
Vision insurance benefits cover annual eye exams
The vision insurance programs offered through BCN Services covers an annual eye exam for employees and their covered dependents for just a $10 co-pay. In addition to the insurance coverage, everyone enrolled in the VSP Vision Care plan is eligible for exclusive member extras.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about these exclusive member extras, please feel free to contact your Partnership Manager at 800-891-9911 or contact us here.
Amanda Cline, Benefits Program Manager