Category: Eye Health

Get Access to VSP Through FEDVIP and TRICARE

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For 2019, eligibility for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) expanded to include certain retired uniformed service members, their families, and active duty family members. Whether you’re newly eligible or were already covered, here are answers to some of your most common questions about getting access to VSP through FEDVIP and TRICARE. Read More »

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Can an Eye Exam Detect Diabetes?

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Comprehensive eye exams are important for many reasons. Along with eye-related concerns, eye doctors may be able to detect other health issues during a comprehensive eye exam. Can you detect diabetes through an eye exam? “The answer is yes, yes you can,” said VSP network eye doctor Meghan Riegel, OD. According to Dr. Riegel, diabetes Read More »

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Eye Exams After LASIK Are Still Important

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A little more than three years ago, I decided I was ready for LASIK surgery. I’d been wearing glasses and contacts since my sophomore year of high school, and decided I was ready for a change. My VSP network eye doctor performed LASIK on both eyes, and I was so happy with the results. I Read More »

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Why Can’t I See at Night?

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Ever notice that the same route you take every day suddenly becomes a little bit harder to navigate while driving at night? You’re not alone. It can be hard to see at night. Why is it so much harder to see at night than during the day? “Yes, it’s dark at night, but you’re operating Read More »

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Navigate Open Enrollment Like a Pro

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Whether open enrollment makes you yawn or say yikes – there are options to keep you and your family’s eye care and eye health covered. Open enrollment is the time of year where you can select your health, dental, and vision benefits. Since premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and network coverage can shift from year-to-year, it’s always Read More »

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Eye Doctor Helps Uncover Thyroid Disease

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“I went through a year of being very sick and nobody could figure out what was happening.” Alexis, a 35-year-old teacher, remembers 2012 as the year she was hospitalized for three weeks for tremors, rapid heartbeat, and dehydration. No one could figure out what was wrong. When she returned to work, her health had deteriorated Read More »

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Halloween Eye Safety Tips

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Whether you are taking little ones trick-or-treating or heading to a Halloween party, the fun of getting ready often begins with picking out a costume. But don’t let even your scariest costume turn into a real nightmare. Avoid these common costume snafus that could result in unexpected injuries. Make sure your costume doesn’t impair your Read More »

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Serious Diseases Detected Through an Eye Exam

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“You’re an eye doctor? I’d come see you except I have really good vision.” “I don’t need to check my vision. My glasses I got 10 years ago are still working fine.” “My kids don’t need eye exams. They get a vision screening at school every year.” In my 18 years of practicing optometry, I’ve Read More »

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Do Halloween Costume Contacts Affect Your Vision?

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Costume contacts can transform your Halloween look, but there are several things to consider before you take your costume to the next level. Can costume contacts affect my vision? According to Meghan Riegel, OD, costume contacts can affect your vision because they change the shape of your pupil. “Let’s say you have cat eye contacts Read More »

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A Life-Changing Health Diagnosis Left Jenn Scrambling

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Jenn was used to having annual eye exams because she had vision insurance from her employer. She never had to think about what would happen if she suddenly found herself without coverage. In the early 2000’s, that changed when Jenn was diagnosed with Lyme disease and could not continue working due to the disease and Read More »

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