A study conducted by the Vision Council in 2013 found that an eye care plan is one of the most commonly requested employee benefits. While life insurance policies and other types of coverage are intended to help individuals after mishaps, vision insurance is a proactive instrument designed to prevent loss. Many people do not seek proper preventative treatment because the out-of-pocket cost of eye exams, glasses and contact lenses can be too expensive. An eye care plan can help.

Periodic eye exams are essential for the preservation and maintenance of an individual’s eyesight. A barometer of visual health, the examination also provides important information regarding your overall well-being. These wellness checks can detect eye disorders like astigmatism, cataracts and glaucoma as well as early signs of other serious health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and thyroid disease.

Early detection ensures that many of these medical conditions can be treated before the development of serious complications. We encourage our policyholders to adopt healthy lifestyles, including proper diet and regular exercise, which can promote eye health. While an appropriate diet ensures that you receive the proper nutrients, physical activity reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can harm your eyes. Affecting more than 120 million Americans, eye problems are the second most common health issue in the country. The American Optometric Association estimates that over 80 percent of the U.S. population uses some type of optical correction.

Your ability to see has a significant impact on your quality of life. The World Health Organization states that more than 75 percent of blindness in the world is preventable. Many people do not consult an eye care professional until they experience troubling symptoms like visual disturbances. In some cases, it may be too late to prevent permanent damage. Proper treatment can help individuals experience better eyesight, less eyestrain and fewer headaches, which improve their performance in school, at work and while playing sports. Being able to see properly also lessens your dependence on other people. Healthy independent people are happier and more self-confident.