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Eyes are windows to your overall health

From flirty to puppy-dog eyes, our eyes are our most expressive part and tell others about us. Looking someone straight in the eye may or may not reveal their honesty - but the eyes can tell you about cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health conditions.

"The eye is a unique window into health," says Dr. Roger Phelps, a VSP doctor in Ojai, CA and principal of OjaiEyes Optometry. "It's the only place in the body where, without surgery, we can look in and see blood vessels, arteries, and a cranial nerve."

Annual eye exams are an important part of your overall health routine. Some people wait until they experience symptoms to see a doctor but shouldn't because many eye problems are silent - meaning they have no symptoms. A recent study found that one in four adults hadn't had an eye exam in the past two years, and the same proportion were unaware that an eye exam could prevent them from losing their sight.

Too young, old, or healthy for an eye exam? Think again.

Who Should Get
an Eye Exam
Why Eye Exams are Important at this Age
When to Schedule
Your Eye Exam
Babies About 80% of what you learn is through your eyes
  • Six months
  • Between two and three years old
  • Before kindergarten
Children One in four children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior.

Once a year

TIP: Schedule around the beginning of the school year to give your child a healthy start.
Adults Even if you have had laser vision surgery or have naturally good vision, you still need an annual exam.

Once a year

Seniors As we age, we’re more susceptible to cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Once a year

with Diabetes
Diabetes is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States. And most diabetes-related blindness can be prevented by an annual eye exam.

Once a year

Lens Wearers
Contact lenses are medical devices, so regular exams with your eye doctor and review of your prescription are important.

Once a year

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 11 million Americans have an uncorrected visual impairment that can impact their quality of life. Don't let this happen to you or your family members. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor and let your eyes speak for you.

VSP can help keep you and your eyes healthy. Watch this video and visit to see how.