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3 Reasons to Use Your Vision Benefits By the End of 2022

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We rely on our vision from the moment we wake up in the morning until we close our eyes at night. It allows us to drive safely and to see the faces of the people we love.

Despite this, many people don’t [prioritize] their eye health. This includes getting regular check-ups by an eye doctor.

Taking care of your vision can be expensive, however, if you work for a company that includes vision coverage in your employee benefits package, it makes it much easier to stay on top of your eye health. If you haven’t used all of your vision benefits this year, now’s the best time to take advantage of them – before they expire!

Make sure to take advantage of your vision benefit by scheduling a consultation with Giddens Optometry in Georgetown before the end of 2022. The reasons for this are as follows.

Your Vision Benefits Expire

Most vision benefits expire on the 31st of December (though some can be extended another month or two), so it’s crucial to use them before you lose them. Now’s the perfect time to schedule an eye exam and tell your eye doctor about any vision issues you may be experiencing.

And while you're there, why not pick a new pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses just in time for the holidays?

You can also get your spouse or child an eye exam before the end of the year if they are beneficiaries of your health insurance.

Save Money On Prescription Glasses & Vision Care

In a way, not using your vision benefits is a waste of money, especially if those vision benefits are tax-free. If your employer provides a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you can contribute pre-tax dollars into the account, which is earmarked for health care, including eye care. These deposits are exempt from federal income tax.

This money can be used for out-of-pocket medical expenses, including prescription glasses and contact lenses, eye exams, some eye care products and certain eye procedures and surgeries.

Ask your employer or insurer which eye care items and services your private vision insurance or FSA covers.

Get A Clean Bill Of Health

Did you know that a comprehensive eye exam can often reveal things about your general health?

By carefully examining your eyes, eye doctors may be able to spot diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions.

That’s in addition to eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Detecting and treating these eye diseases early is crucial to preventing significant vision loss.

By using your vision benefits, you'll be able to end the year with peace of mind about your eye and general health.

Book An Eye Exam in Georgetown

At Giddens Optometry in Georgetown, we accept various types of vision insurance. Call our optometry practice today to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is vision health so important?

  • Vision health is important because your eyes determine how you navigate and perceive the world. Taking care of your vision can sometimes prevent or lessen the severity of eye diseases that can lead to permanent vision loss.

How does insurance work with eyeglasses?

  • Most types of vision insurance will cover the cost of a basic pair of prescription eyeglasses. Whether the insurance will cover specialized lenses such as anti-glare or extra-thin lenses, will depend on the terms of your policy.

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a3ef93d0 34de 453f b5f4 5ffd895a5f85 (1)A Letter from Dr. Ben Giddens

Hello friends, I have retired!

I had 37 years of good fun in Georgetown and loved the gift of meeting so many warm and friendly people! I am very sorry that I didn’t have the time to chat with everyone about my exact plans, and felt guilty over that at times. It was not an easy task. If anyone wants, or needs to contact me, please send an email to my office and I will reply.

I am 66 years old and still feel like I am in good health. My wife died of cancer in 2021 but I have good friends and family and a fun life. I recently moved back to Toronto which is where I grew up as a teenager. I have an active outdoor life and have many ski trips and travel plans in front of me. Lots of interests and activities to explore with an overriding sense that I am a lucky guy. I am also a grandfather now.

I have always tried to employ staff and optometrists who have a heart. I think that is where the office is at today and I hope it continues. Everyone knows their work, and the heart matters.