**This blog post is sponsored by VSP Vision Care, the leading provider in vision care and coverage, providing access to care for nearly 90 million members. Visit SeeMuchMore.com, or talk to your employer to enroll with VSP this open enrollment season.**
Here are a few interesting little tidbits I learned at my yearly eye exam the other day (and pics of Levi and I at the lake, I promise they go together…just read on.)
• I recently did a DNA test that revealed that I have a predisposition for macular degeneration. This had me wondering if I need to wear blue light filtering lenses 24/7 or something, turns out it’s quite common and I should be fine.
• Your retina is pretty sweet to look at. I got a photo taken of mine for the first time (which meant no need for pupil dilation and being able to freak out my husband when asking him to have a staring contest) I saw a little black macular degeneration spot. It looked like a freckle. Dr. assured me…still no cause for concern. But still. Whoa.
• The majority of sun damage done to eyes is done before the age of 18. Time to get Levi some real sunglasses. He is so big I might just have him wear some of mine. Probably not these big cat-eye ones.
• I was eating some level 4 Thai curry the other week in such a ladylike manner that I splashed the sauce into my eye, resulting in one of the worst eye pains I’ve ever experienced. I learned this didn’t damage my eye (which I was worried about). But the eye doctor was amused.
• My eye prescription decreased. So my eyesight has improved a bit, which is crazy. Cutting down on graphic design work and increasing in painting-work might be a culprit. Or not eating out as much and painfully staring at menus that are far away. Either way, Wahoo!
• Our eye insurance pretty much hooks you up with some sweet new frames with very little out of pocket expenses…which I plan on doing with my new, lower prescription. Oversized cat-eye glasses here we come.
Which leads me to the whole point of this over-sharing…
We’ve used VSP for our family’s vision insurance for the past four years, and it’s become a no brainer for us. Health insurance confuses and frustrates me, but not our vision care. Signing up through your employer can be as simple as checking a box, and costs us as much as a family coffee run…or maybe less (one hazelnut americano, one triple cappuccino and a bag of popcorn for Levi.)
I am wearing so many hats these days and will admit I try to avoid going to any doctor as much as possible, mainly because it’s a time-consuming pain. But, for this yearly eye exam, we were in, we were out, and I scheduled it just a few days before. A small win is a big win these days. Levi even came along and read out the letters during the exam (maybe that’s why my eyesight improved, I had help.)
So, with open enrollment upon us, I’m here to say our fam is a fan of VSP (cool stat: 1 in 4 people have VSP, and 87% of members stay covered with them for life.) So consider VSP Vision Care if you’re looking to enroll through an employer. Have any questions about open enrollment? Check out SeeMuchMore.com. It’s a great way to save some money and keep your eye health in check.
Plus, the yearly eye exams are pretty entertaining/educational/fascinating.
Did I mention VSP also helps with the cost of sunglasses? Well, protecting your eyes from the sun is a vital part of eye health, so…it does. Hallelujah.
Now, make sure you and your family are covered this enrollment period so you can schedule your family’s eye exams worry-free.