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The Eyes Have It — New Frames, New Me

By March 24, 2015November 4th, 2019Well-being

As a kid, I was obsessed with glasses. In fact, for a brief period in the 80s, I went as far as wearing fake glasses to school. When a routine eye test showed I had a bona fide vision problem, I was thrilled. And, lucky for me, I’ve felt the same way ever since.

It’s no secret that the right frames can make an unforgettable statement when it comes to personal style. Likewise, the wrong pair can take you from Superman to Clark Kent…so finding the right look is critical.

Good vision makes good sense (for your health and your style)

To me, glasses are the ultimate fashion accessory, but I do understand that there are health benefits to taking care of your eyes and seeing things from a 20/20 perspective. As an Independence Blue Cross associate, I have access to the Davis Vision provider network, which includes Visionworks.* Visionworks retail centers are located all over the Philadelphia and surrounding areas…a quick search turned up a location less than a mile from my house.

After an eye exam — including the weird machine that blows air puffs in your eye — I had a new eyeglasses prescription and was ready to shop.

Variety is the spice of life

Each Visionworks location has a whole bunch of frames choose from, more than I could ever try on in one sitting (though I made a pretty good attempt). What it really came down to is how I see myself, and how I want others to see me. Am I a smart, snarky librarian? A hip, bohemian beat poet? I’d like to think the answer to both is yes! And, by changing my frames up, I can create two completely different looks!

At the end of the day, I did end up going home with two new pairs of glasses. My vision benefit through Independence Blue Cross paid for the exam and included an allowance for frames and lenses.

*An affiliate of Independence Blue Cross has a financial interest in Visionworks


Jennifer Tafe

As content development manager at IBX, I have the good luck to work with a team of talented, smart people who share my interest in health, fitness, and nutrition.