The ability to hear a telephone ring. The ability to smell the chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. The ability to see a loved one’s face.
We take so much for granted. Our hearing. Our sense of smell. Our vision.
If there was a sense we rely on more than any other, it would be sight.
It’s not something I take for granted anymore. Today I’m sharing why this post is sponsored by VSP Individual Vision Plans.
From the moment we wake up in the morning and navigate through our routine, we count on it.
Our eyes help us with our daily lives – making the coffee, putting on makeup, selecting our clothes.
Our eyes steer us – riding a bike, walking through the halls, driving the car.
Those same eyes bring us so much emotion – staring into the eyes of someone you love, watching your child make the goal on the soccer field, standing in awe of the Grand Canyon.
Aging is not fun. Aging eyes aren’t fun either. Even those of us with great vision eventually reach a point (HELLO 40’s) where we have to reach for the reading glasses just to read the directions on a box to make dinner. Is it just me or does the writing keep getting smaller and smaller?
Some find they will need cataract surgery, usually later in life while enjoying the retirement years.
But then there are those, seemingly still young-ish, who as they age discover an entirely new (and sudden problem) – a retinal detachment.
The Phone Call
I still remember the phone call.
You see, my husband had been traveling and started to see specks or what we call “floaters” in his eye. It was unusual, so upon his return he made an appointment with our ophthalmologist.
That’s when I got the phone call. He was leaving one doctor’s office and headed immediately to a surgeon’s office.
The surgery – within 24 hours.
I was in shock.
I wasn’t the only one.
I wish I could tell you it was the only eye surgery he has needed. It wasn’t.
I wish I could tell you I don’t have the eye surgeon’s number on speed dial. I do.
I wish I could tell you the concerns aren’t there as we approach retirement age. They are.
BUT… with all that said, I am incredibly thankful.
Thankful that problems were discovered, so that blindness (a very real possibility if left untreated) didn’t occur.
Thankful for medical technology that is so advanced it can repair a detached retina (and doesn’t come with the horrible recovery that existed just a decade ago).
Thankful for family and friends who have supported us every step of the way on this journey.
Thankful for insurance.
Yes, grateful for insurance.
I had no idea how much we would need it – health care, vision care, all of it.
While you might have medical insurance, do you have vision insurance? It’s something I have learned the value of time and time again, especially as we age.
Top Things to Know About Eye Care and Vision Insurance
It can be affordable.
As you retire, you don’t necessarily have to change your eye doctors with your coverage.
It is necessary as you age – eye care becomes increasingly important to prevent falls, to monitor health conditions like diabetes, etc.
Eye glasses and contacts might need to be changed more than you expect in coming years. After cataract surgery and retinal detachment surgery, one often needs to update a prescription.
Traditional Medicare does not include vision coverage for routine eye exams, glasses, etc.
Why VSP Individual Vision Plans?
With all that I’ve learned the last few years, I know just how important it is to make sure you are covered and taken care of.
It can be especially confusing to know what changes will happen when you retire, especially now that I’ve told you traditional Medicare doesn’t include vision coverage for routine eye exams, glasses, etc.
Be prepared with a VSP Individual Vision Plan. Here’s what I love about them:
VSP Individual Vision Plans are affordable, starting as low as $17 per month, with typical annual savings more than $200.
You do not need to change doctors (something I refuse to do as we have found doctors we trust). You will have access to the nation’s largest network of independent doctors.
VSP serves over 79 million Americans (which is 1 in every 4 people).
What Else Does VSP Benefits Cover?
- A comprehensive eye exam
- Prescription lenses with covered lens enhancements like progressives
- A generous allowance for frames and/or contacts
- A wide selection of featured frame brands
Don’t take any chances, trust me. Make sure you have the best coverage and take care of your eyes. It’s something we don’t take for granted anymore.
For now, I’ll dream of a retirement without eye problems, but full of travel and grandkids (no pressure kiddo). That’s how it should be.
For more information, go to VSP or 877-988- 4746 to learn more and enroll.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of VSP Individual Vision Plans.