Keep your eyes safe from this hidden summer threat

Aug 28, 2020

Summer fun this year — even more than usual — is all about the great outdoors. Whether hiking, at the beach, or just relaxing at your local park, people are spending more time than ever outside.

You wouldn’t risk a sunburn by going out without sunscreen. So why would you risk your eyes? That’s right — you can get sunburn on your eyes. The condition, called photokeratitis, is caused when UV rays burn the surface of your cornea. It can cause pain, blurriness, and even temporary vision loss.

Prolonged UV exposure can also have long-term effects on your eye health, including cataracts and eye cancer. Even on cloudy days, you’re still exposed. The best way to protect your eyes? Wearing UV-protective lenses, both in your glasses and sunglasses.

In addition to regularly using UV protection, it’s important to keep up with regular vision care appointments, where a doctor can evaluate your eye health and catch any problems early.

Luckily, Freelancers Union offers VSP® Individual Vision Plans that start as low as $13 a month, and typical annual savings is more than  $200* a year. Plans include annual benefits** that cover:

● Access to the largest network of independent eye doctors

● A comprehensive eye exam that can aid in early detection of health diseases like diabetes and glaucoma

● Prescription lenses with covered lens enhancements like scratch resistance and progressives

● A generous allowance for frames and/or contacts

With flexible payment options for monthly or annual billing, VSP Individual Vision Plans offer freelance-friendly plans that work for where you are right now — giving you more time for fun in the sun.

*Savings are based on national averages on comprehensive eye exams and most commonly purchased frame brands and may vary by VSP plan and purchase selection, average savings determined after benefits are applied.

**Vision Plans are subject to exclusions and limitations.