Americans often put off eye care visits

Posted on: Thursday, March 22, 2012

While health insurance leads place a high degree of importance on routine eye exams, a new study suggests they often procrastinate their annual visits to the ophthalmologist.

According to the survey, which was conducted by health benefit provider WellPoint, 85 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that prioritizing eye health typically meant not having to worry about vision problems later in life. Yet despite this general belief, approximately one in five individuals indicated that they put off their eye exams because they were too busy.

In addition, the poll also found that 52 percent of respondents wished managing eye care was easier for them to do.

"Americans live fast-paced lives with a never-ending to-do list," said Jeff Spahr, vice president of vision and voluntary services at WellPoint. "This mad-dash lifestyle can sometimes mean overlooking small but simple activities that contribute to their health and well-being, such as getting regular vision checkups."

Agents may not be able to make their insurance customers' lives less hectic, but they can help make these visits more affordable by pointing them toward a quality health plan.

Posted In: Insurance News, Health Insurance

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