Did you know vision benefits included in your health plan expire at the end of the year? If you were unaware of this, then you’re included in a large group of people who didn’t know “use it or lose it” applies to vision health insurance. If you do not use up all the money allotted to you before December 31, 2019, it will not roll over into 2020.
That’s why the end of the year is the perfect time to get an eye exam, which is highly recommended to catch and treat eye conditions before they become major issues.
Whether as a young child or grown adult, everyone at some point in their life has experienced waking up to mucus or a gritty substance in the outer corners of their eyes. Although it has its many nicknames such as eye gunk, the sleepies, or even eye boogers, the clinical term for this occurrence is simply eye discharge or rheum.
What exactly is eye discharge?
Since approximately 11% of Americans, ages 20 to 79, have diabetes, it is of the utmost importance that the public learns about the health risks associated with the disease.
While it’s well known that diabetes can increase your chance of heart attacks, kidney damage, and cancer, diabetes can also negatively impact one’s overall eye health.
In recognition of National Diabetes Month, below is a list of the most common eye problems that can occur as a result of diabetes:
If you are like most typical vision patients, you might get a little confused as to what eye care professionals perform specific responsibilities within the eye care field. Our quick and easy break down of the three most common eye care professionals will help you understand how each plays a role in your eye health.
While the weather starts to cool down (and we start to think about the Halloween costume we might wear later in the month), there is something much scarier to take into consideration: Our eye health.
Although some of us are lucky enough to have easy access to regular eye exams and health insurance and do not have to worry about our vision health, many individuals across the globe are less fortunate.
Now that school is back in session it also means your kids are at a higher risk of getting conjunctivitis or pink eye. While kids are more prone to getting conjunctivitis, did you know adults are also at risk for catching the infection?
Now that kids are well into their fall athletics, it is time to revisit how to protect your child’s vision while participating in both outdoor and indoor sports.
Did you know that sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, baseball, and softball? And that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, most commonly caused by sports-related activities in school aged-children. Children under the age of 15 account for approximately 40% of all sports-related eye injuries.
Did you know your eyes can also get sunburnt? And unlike your skin that has a quick healing process, sun damage to your eyes can cause serious long term side effects. This might sound kind of scary. However, there is an easy and fashionable solution to the problem. Sunglasses.
So much of what a child learns is based on what they see, so much so that 80% of the material taught in the classroom is delivered in a visual manner. In fact, a child’s vision not only impacts their academics, but their athletic performance, personality, and attitude towards school. Therefore, as kids start heading back to school as early as July, it is no surprise that August was declared Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month.
As July has become synonymous for its devastating heat and scorching sunny days, it only seems fitting that it was declared National UV Safety Month. Now UV rays have been mentioned in countless sunscreen and skincare marketing campaigns, but do any of us really know what these rays are? In honor of UV Safety Month, we will discuss not only what these rays are, but how to protect oneself from their harmful effects.
What are UV Rays?