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: