The Eyes Have It: Protect Them with Routine Eye Exams

The Eyes Have It: Protect Them with Routine Eye Exams

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Eye exams are great way to keep an eye on your health. Eye exams can help you get the right prescription for glasses or contact lenses, and they can also be a real ‘eye opener’ when it comes to your health.

Have you gotten an eye exam recently?

Your eyes not only are windows to your soul, but they are also windows to your health. During an eye exam, your eye doctor or specialist can check for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. They can also check for early signs of other conditions such as:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Stroke risk

How often should I get an eye exam?

If you DON’T have eye trouble, wear glasses or contact lenses or have risk factors for eye diseases, here is the recommended eye exam schedule from the American Optometric Association:

Age       Eye Exam Frequency
0-2 years    At 6 months of age
2-5 years   At 3 years of age
6-18 years   Before first grade and then every 2 years
18-60 years   Every 2 years
61+   Each year

If you have a family history of eye diseases or have trouble seeing things clearly, you may need to get an eye exam more often.

Where can I get an eye exam?
You should go to your eye doctor or specialist for an eye exam. As a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) member, you may have access to vision care benefits. See your benefit booklet or certificate of coverage for more vision benefit details, or call the customer care number on your member ID card.

Are there vision discounts on materials and services?
 GlassesBCBSTX is pleased to offer members a discount vision program through the Blue365® member discount program.
As a member, you’ll be able to save on:

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Accessories
  • Laser Vision Correction and more

Visit Blue365 to start enjoying these exclusive deals. First time users will be asked to sign up. Be sure to have your BCBSTX member ID card handy to sign up.

No referral is necessary and there is a no limit to the number of time you can receive discounts on purchases. Many locations have convenient evening and weekend hours. Simply present your BCBSTX member ID card to use the discount.

*Blue365 is a discount program only for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) members. This is NOT insurance. Some of the services offered through this program may be covered under your health plan. Please check your benefit booklet or call the Customer Service number on the back of your ID card for specific benefit facts. Use of Blue365 does not change your monthly payment, nor do costs of the services or products count toward any maximums and/or plan deductibles. Discounts are only given through vendors who take part in this program. BCBSTX does not guarantee or make any claims or recommendations about the program’s services or products. You may want to talk to your doctor before using these services and products. BCBSTX reserves the right to stop or change this program at any time without notice.
The relationship between these vendors and BCBSTX is that of independent contractors. BCBSTX makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services offered by the above-mentioned vendors.
Hearing services are provided by American Hearing Benefits, BeltoneTM, HearUSA and TruHearing®. Vision services are provided by ContactsDirect®, Croakies, Davis VisionSM, EyeMed Vision Care,, Jonathan Paul Fitovers and LasikPlus®.

Originally published September 15, 2015; Revised 2020