Throughout the United States, there are nearly 10 million children who are affected by vision problems. By age five, children should have completed a minimum of three eye exams, but 76% of kids are still not meeting that benchmark. Even if they seem to have 20/20 vision, children (and adults) still need to have their eyes checked every year. Believe it or not, a number of seemingly unrelated health conditions can be detected early by an ophthalmologist, such as macular degeneration, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
VSP Direct, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the country, has launched the #EyeGiveBack campaign to help our nation take care of the only pairs of eyes we’ll ever have. For every vision plan purchased as a gift from now until December 31st of this year, VSP Direct will donate a free comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses to a child in need (up to $115,000).
It only takes a few minutes to enroll someone you care about in the right plan. Each one includes convenient locations, along with the largest independent doctor network, consisting of over 32,000 doctors nationwide. Unlike car insurance, which we all hope to never use, your special someone will want to take advantage of their vision insurance because it will help them on costs that they already know are coming. They’ll see savings on frames, lenses, contacts, and eye exams, as well as optional lens enhancements (features like scratch resistance, anti-glare, no-line bifocal/trifocal, and light-to-dark tinting). With VSP Direct, they’ll receive services at rates well below walk-in prices, and they don’t even need an ID card–any VSP doctor can access their plan coverage. The average VSP Direct customer will save over $200 per year.
Instead of buying a silly mug or t-shirt for birthdays and other events, you can help your loved ones take care of their health. Oftentimes, the ones who need it most are retired, self-employed, college students, young families, or people who have recently moved out. Eye care is probably not the first thing on their mind, but they will certainly be grateful that someone else thought of it. Plus, they’ll be happy to know that a child in need will also receive vision coverage to prevent permanent health issues.