Category: Eye Health

Thyroid Disease

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 »

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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What Are the Benefits of a Retinal Screening?

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Getting an annual eye exam is about more than checking your vision. An eye doctor will examine everything from visual acuity to the pressure of your eyes to signs of any infections or diseases. They are looking at the overall health of your eyes. That’s why it’s so important they look at not just what’s Read More »

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Myth Busters – Common Eye Exam Misconceptions

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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 »

Medicare vision coverage

Does Medicare cover eye exams, glasses, or contacts?

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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 »

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“An Eye Exam Saved My Life”

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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 »

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Surprising Eye Health Stats

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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 »

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