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when was the last time you had an eye exam? that was a question i asked myself several years ago. can you believe that i couldn’t remember the last time i had an eye exam? after all, i had perfect vision well into my fifties. if it ain’t broke why fix it? right? wrong! one excuse was that i didn’t have the back to school checklist to fall back on anymore. you remember the drill; doctor appointments, filling out school forms, and purchasing school supplies to name a few.   

but just because you’re children are grown and flown doesn’t mean you stop being their mother. there’s still some sage advice i like to dole out from time to time. and their health is still the number one priority for me. but guess what? before i remind them to eat their peas and carrots when they visit i better be setting the standard in my own life. am i right?!

even if you have naturally good vision, you still need an annual exam. that goes for me, and that goes for my kiddos. according to a new VSP Vision Care survey, most people in the U.S. don’t know that an eye doctor can detect signs of common health issues like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes with an eye exam. and many vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, so you may not know a problem exists. yikes!

now that i’m juggling a busy work schedule just like my children i know how easy it is to put things on the back burner. like an annual eye exam. and just because i’m self-employed doesn’t mean i have to sacrifice my eye health. VSP has an affordable vision plan for as low as $13 a month. one reason i’ve been on their vision plan since my days in san francisco. and i’m here to tell you that individual plan members save an average of $200 per year on vision costs.

 here are a few facts about VSP Individual Vision Plans: they are a cost-saving option for people who are retired (since Traditional Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of annual eye exams and glasses or contacts), self-employed, working part-time or for young adults aging off their parent’s plan. VSP not only covers a comprehensive eye exam but frames, lens enhancements (like progressives), contacts, and more. plus, there are multiple plans to choose from depending on your state. as i mentioned plans start as low as $13 a month, and the enrollment period is open year-round.

the next business day after enrollment, you can visit a VSP network doctor and begin using your vision benefits.

all right, gang, i hope you understand the importance of a yearly eye exam. if you have been putting this off due to lack of insurance, please consider your options. VSP Individual Vision Plans give access to affordable, high-quality vision coverage that will get you back on track in no time just like me. and don’t forget to remind your children how important a yearly eye exam is. no matter what their age.

a big thank you to VSP Individual Insurance Plan for this sponsored post. and thank you, lovely readers, for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.



  1. Judi Hume wrote:

    Thanks to you, I switched from my overpriced plan to VSP last year when you posted about it, and I’m very happy with VSP, so it’s great to see another post about this excellent and affordable vision plan.

    Posted 10.1.19
  2. judy wrote:

    BETH, you are my fashion idol. Class all the way! I am so glad you have Oscar. He is a magnificent dog. Wish I could squeeze Oscar and Ollie both. I have a tuxedo kitty, Birdie. She looks like a little penguin. Happy Fall!

    Posted 10.1.19
  3. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth I had an eye exam about two months ago and all was fine. After seeing a post you did several months ago for the Systane Balance and restore eye drops I bought some whilst we were in Florida back in April and I found them very helpful. I get them here in England but they are called Systane Restorative therapeutic eye drops so I guess just marketed different. So I thank you for that tip xoxo Julie

    Posted 10.1.19
  4. Judi McLachlan wrote:

    Hi Beth, what a marvelous inspiration you are, I admire your courage in life and am now getting back on my feet after too many years of neglecting my own needs, depression can knock you down, but with you guiding me, with posts that are always interesting and a style that I love I am ready to be the old me who once turned heads and made a positive impact in my community! Thank you I enjoy reading each post and finding inspiration in Style At a Certain Age.

    Posted 10.1.19
    • Melissa Kimberly wrote:

      Thanks for the VPS info.
      Is there a link for your outfit anywhere- I love it all! Really enjoy your blog!

      Posted 10.2.19
  5. Cheryl wrote:

    Great article, Beth! Thanks for the reminder to make the appointment for my annual vision check!

    Posted 10.1.19
  6. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Good advice. When I retired, I also purchased VSP and have been happy with their coverage so far. I’m pretty good about eye check-ups as I take a med that affects my vision and could result in blindness, so I go religiously every six months!

    Posted 10.2.19

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