The lights flickered as we lit the menorah. Flickers that made it so that I could not look at the candles head on, so much so that questions were raised and then followed by eye exams. Before I was five, I was wearing glasses with a patch for a lazy eye. At that age, my glasses were all abou blending and not being noticed. But later, when after a brief reprieve from glasses after passing my driving test at sixteen, I needed them again thanks to age and prolonged computer reading, glasses were all about standing out. Making a statement. If I was going to wear glasses, they were going to be “snazzy” and sharp. Glasses with an attitude, that were an accessory instead of just a necessity became my eye glass mantra even when I made the leap to progressive lenses.
Years later, a young five year old daughter stood on a taped line in the hall of her pediatrician’s office trying to read a chart of small letters from a distance. Questions were raised again followed by eye exams. Right around five years old, a first pair of glasses were ordered and worn. The first pair was wire rimmed, cute and appropriate for a young child. But after only a few years, this eye glasses wearer turned fashionista, chose her mother’s path of eye glass frames that made a statement.
And frankly? Her need for fashion forward, statement making frames only helped me as a mom trying to convince a dubious child who began to question and comment that she looked prettier without her glasses.
Choosing New Eye Glasses
Choosing new glasses means trying on a lot of pairs. Over and over and over again.
Looking at them from the front.
Looking at them from the side.
The good news is that there are fabulous choices when it comes to frames. The even better news, if you like to make a statement with your frames, is that with a good vision care plan like VSP Vision Care, new frames are no longer cost prohibitive. And when you are trying to convince an already fashion focused young girl who is beginning to question her looks and sense of self, the lure of being able to buy a new pair each year if necessary, for basically the price of a doctor’s visit copay, is no small issue.
Even with advanced lenses including progressive lenses, Transitions® lenses, anti-reflective coating, scratch-resistant coating and UV protection, insurance plans like VSP Vision care provide a frame allowance and provide discounts on lens options. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on new frames and lenses, you can save an average of $320 dollars a year with VSP Vision Care. (for those that like to be prepared, VSP Vision Care has an interactive savings calculator so that you can see how much you would personally save.
Wearing Eye Glasses for Fashion and for Health
Are there days that I wish I did not have glasses? That Principessa wishes she did not have to wear hers? Yes. But we also know that early intervention when it comes to vision care can strengthen vision in young children. As a mom with a teaching background, I know that it is crucial that poor vision not be a factor in my daughter’s academic success. And as a mom that knows about insecurity, I know the importance and impact that great frames that help make you feel good can have.
The fact that plans like VSP Vison Care makes it easy on the financial purse strings to monitor our vision health, be proactive, and make a statement with our eye glass choices, makes it that much easier.
Visit SeeMuchMore for more information about VSP and vision care benefits. This post is sponsored by VSP. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.