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Study: Eye exams increase with separate vision insurance plansPosted On Tue, July 20, 2010
People who have vision insurance separate from their general health insurance plan are more likely to get their eyes examined, according to a study by the National Association of Vision Care Plans.
Regular eye exams can help detect the onset of other serious medical conditions not related to vision such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Such conditions can have detrimental effects on one's health if left untreated.
Some eye care professionals believe that vision plans should also be included in the health care exchanges created by the government.
"Stand-alone vision plans offer a vital service and are an integral part of health care delivery in our country," says NAVCP president Richard Sanchez. "In order to ensure related improvements in overall health, and medical cost control for Americans, it is essential that stand-alone vision plans are widely available as part of the new health care landscape."
The American Academy of Ophthalmology says vision loss can be prevented in many cases with early detection and treatment. Some conditions, such as glaucoma, don't have any symptoms and won't be detected without seeing an eyecare professional.
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