Lauren E

Articles by Lauren E

Hurricane Maria: Dr. Santiago’s Story

Hurricane Maria Anniversary

It had been eighty years since the last major hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico. When notice of Hurricane Maria came through, many on the island didn’t know what to expect, including Dr. Hector Santiago, a practicing optometrist and professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. “The main problem was the inability to Read More »


Myth Busters – Common Eye Exam Misconceptions

eye exam misconceptions

We can all agree that having healthy eyes is important, but did you know just over 50% of people get annual eye exams? Why you might ask? According to a recent VSP survey in partnership with YouGov, a majority of people skip eye exams because they don’t think they need vision correction, think eye exams Read More »

Does Medicare cover eye exams, glasses, or contacts?

Medicare vision coverage

If you’re one of the millions of individuals with a Medicare plan, you may have asked yourself if medicare vision coverage is available. The answer? It depends on which type of  plan you have. Let’s cover the FAQs — from Medicare Part A to D. Does Medicare Part A cover any vision benefits? Not unless Read More »

“An Eye Exam Saved My Life”

eye exam saved my life

Most people dream of sleeping for days on end, but for Belen this reality became a nightmare several years ago. She came home on a Thursday afternoon from work and went to bed. She didn’t wake up until Sunday, three days later. Belen had also been suffering from a headache that wouldn’t go away. She Read More »

Did Your Child Lose their Glasses… Again?

child loses their glasses

Does this situation sound familiar? You spend the last few weeks of summer getting the kids ready for the new school year. You purchased clothes, school supplies, and new glasses for your kids that need them. The first day of school is here and you check your child for all the essentials. Backpack, check…lunch, check… Read More »


$100 Labor Day Giveaway

Labor day giveaway

Labor Day often signifies the end of summer and the start of the back-to-school season. Whether you’re celebrating with a family barbecue, getting more time at the pool, or taking care of some last-minute shopping, we want to help make this long weekend a little sweeter. As a thank you for being a reader of Read More »


Surprising Eye Health Stats

eye health

Do you remember when you had your last eye exam? If you can’t, know you’re not alone. According to a recent study conducted by VSP Vision Care and market research agency YouGov, most people rate vision as their most important sense but only half reported getting an eye exam in the last year. So why Read More »


#WeSeeYouMom: Jodi’s Story

cataracts in children

“This is how I used to see, mommy.” As five-year-old Carly handed her mom a pair of old goggles, foggy and worn out, Jodi Burgess’ heart sank. “How could I not have known?” she thought to herself. Jodi had no idea that her daughter was having extraordinary vision issues. In preparation for Kindergarten, Jodi had Read More »

How often should you go to the eye doctor?

how often should you go to the eye doctor

Veronica and Anthony want to know, “How often should you go to the eye doctor?” Dr. Kirschbaum, VSP network eye doctor, recommends people get their vision checked every year, starting when they are very young. Children should have their first eye exam at six months old, then at three years old, before starting school and Read More »