As a kid, I had always wanted glasses. It sounds silly now, but there was something about having an extra accessory that made me want to express myself through dark frames and fun lenses. The ability to pull them down on your nose while giving someone a look was the level of sass I aspired to convey.
It wasn’t until I was much older that I understood the importance behind glasses. I was in my early 20s and began experiencing migraines, likely a result of my full-time job and full-time school schedule that left me in front of the computer screen for hours on end. Add that to my ever-growing cell phone obsession and almost 80% of my waking hours include screen time.
When I decided to do something about the eye-strain, I realized I had never actually had a full routine eye exam before. I completed my physical every year that included a vision test (you know, the kind where you cover one eye and stand behind the line), but I had never been to an optometrist. I remember asking my roommate at the time if I needed someone to come with me because I had heard they will dilate your pupils and was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see. Was it going to hurt? Could I take the bus home? I want to laugh about it now! How didn’t I know?
When you’re planning your back to school or weighing your open enrollment options this year, be sure to remember vision needs as well. According to the American Optometric Association, one in four children in the U.S. has vision problems that could impair their learning. And a routine eye exam can help detect serious health conditions like diabetes, brain tumors and high cholesterol in adults.
Eye health is key in the technology dominated world we live in. So head to your eye doctor and find some fun frames to go with that surprised look eyebrow raise you’ve been practicing all these years. You never know when that sassy look will come in handy.
Pro Tip: The key to finding the right frames is to remember that opposites attract. Select eyeglasses that contrast from your facial contours and bring symmetry and balance to your prominent features. Check out www.seemuchmore.com for helpful eye-health tips!
This blog post is sponsored by VSP® Vision Care, the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company. Talk to your employer about getting started with VSP this open enrollment season.