It probably goes without saying that vision insurance helps to cover services for those who have known vision problems. However, everyone needs vision care, for various reasons. We tend to develop more vision problems as we age, eye diseases can happen even to people with perfect eyesight, and many serious health problems are actually first detected by an eye exam!
You might be surprised to learn that 5.6 percent of all chronic conditions are first identified by an eye care professional. Often these are conditions that progress much farther before they are finally detected by a general practitioner. And of course, one thing that we know about healthcare is that early detection and less expensive.
We’re talking about serious medical conditions such as:
- Auto-immune diseases
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
- Various types of cancer
- Tumors in the neck
All of these very serious health conditions are sometimes first noticed by an eye doctor! Of course, regular eye exams are important for other reasons. They help to detect diseases of the eye like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more. And since eyesight tends to change even in adulthood, regular eye exams can prevent problems resulting from visions changes, such as chronic headaches.
Regular eye exams can help to keep not only your eyes, but your entire body healthy. However, most health insurance plans do not offer free vision screenings and eye health exams. You can purchase a separate policy for yourself, or employees if you’re a business owner, that will provide these valuable benefits at a surprisingly low premium. For more information on vision care benefits, follow this link to receive a free quote. And as always, feel free to call our office if you have any questions about vision care insurance or healthcare plans in general.