What to Know About Eye Health This Open Enrollment Season

(StatePoint) While most people care about their vision, fewer people take steps to protect their eye health. Open enrollment season, running through December, is the time to weigh your vision insurance options for the following year’s coverage.

Indeed, nearly everyone (97 percent) agrees that having healthy eyes is important, but only half of those surveyed by VSP Vision Care and YouGov get annual eye exams. Unfortunately, even fewer people are aware of how important this preventive care is -- only 1 percent of respondents in the same survey reported knowing that signs of serious diseases and conditions like high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, thyroid diseases and certain types of cancers can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.

For those with access to vision coverage through an employer, getting started is as easy as checking a box to enroll. If you’re looking to enroll through your employer, the experts at VSP Vision Care are offering the following tips to help you find the right coverage for your needs:

• Think about your overall health needs. Remember vision coverage isn’t just for people who need glasses or contacts -- getting an annual comprehensive eye exam helps maintain overall health and wellness and can even aid in the early detection of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.

• Consider your family’s needs. Only 12 percent of parents know children should receive their first eye exam at six months old, according to the VSP Vision Care and YouGov survey. Obtain comprehensive coverage that can help you protect your children’s eye health too.

• Eye your options. Get the most out of your vision benefits by ensuring your coverage gives you access to a large network of vision providers with practices located near you. In the case of VSP Vision Care, members have access to more than 40,000 VSP network doctors.

• Calculate your savings. Enroll in vision insurance that allows you to save money while keeping your eye health a top priority. For example, VSP members save an annual average of $445 and have access to exclusive special offers. Such benefits may be why 87 percent of its members stay covered with the provider for life.

• Consider any recent changes in your life. If you go through a life event like getting married, having a baby or moving to a different zip code, you are eligible to enroll in coverage outside your typical enrollment period. However, open enrollment is always a great time to make sure you’re covered.

For more tips on navigating vision coverage, visit SeeMuchMoreVSP.com.

Make the most of this open enrollment season. Learn more about your options and get covered for a year of good eye health.

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