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Why Vision Care is Always Part of My Family’s Open Enrollment

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We recently shared how to navigate open enrollment like a pro but also think it’s important to share the perspective of a VSP member and real-life pro going through the process. Having gone through open enrollment many times, Mandi shares her perspective. Mandi has had vision care coverage for as long as she can remember. Read More »

Introducing “Odyssee” – Our New Mobile Eye Care Clinic

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Where do you go when you’ve been affected by a disaster and you no longer have your glasses or contacts? What if your eye doctor’s office has also been affected?  Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the first Eyes of Hope mobile clinic, an eye doctor’s office on wheels, launched to help doctors of optometry quickly return to providing eye care Read More »

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VSP Network Doctor Helps Other Veterans See

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While veterans generally report better health overall than their civilian counterparts, they are more likely to have heart disease and diabetes, two chronic conditions eye doctors often detect signs of before primary care providers. More than 1 million veterans have been diagnosed with low vision, including 160,000 who are legally blind. In addition, many veterans have Read More »

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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 »

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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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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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We See You Mom: Yesenia’s Story

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“It’s not easy to take care of myself while also taking care of others, but if I don’t, who will?” Born with two heart conditions and a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, Yesenia is acutely aware of what could happen if self-care isn’t a priority.  “As a mom of two Read More »

Hurricane Maria Anniversary

Hurricane Maria: Dr. Santiago’s Story

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It had been eighty years since the last major hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico. When notice of Hurricane Maria came through, many on the island didn’t know what to expect, including Dr. Hector Santiago, a practicing optometrist and professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. “The main problem was the inability to 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 »