5 steps to healthy vision

by MikeMeehan 5/30/2018 9:27 AM

Sight could be one of the five senses that we take for granted the most. The National Eye Institute (NIH) says more than 23 million Americans (age 18 and older) have never had an eye exam. That is why Healthy Vision Month is important. Started in 2003, the NIH promotes Healthy Vision Month to encourage us to make eye health a priority. The NIH made it easy for you to recognize the occasion with five steps to keep your eyes healthy. Check these off your list and keep them in mind not just this month, but all year. Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam–Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam with your vision care provider. Some common eye diseases do not have early symptoms, but a comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect these diseases in the early stages. Use protective eyewear–Make sure you and your family are using protective eyewear during sports and other recreational activities. A good reminder now that the summer months are here. Also, when you are taking care of chores around the house or if you have a job that could pose a risk to your eyes, safety glasses can prevent injury. Know your family eye health history–Do some research and check in with your family members (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles). Knowing if your family has vision problems or diseases will help determine if you are at high risk. Wear sunglasses–When you purchase sunglasses, pick a pair that blocks out 99-100% of UVA/UVB rays. The sun can have negative effects on your eyes. For example, extended UV exposure can cause cataracts. Live a healthy lifestyle–Your overall health affects the health of your eyes. More specifically, maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of diabetes, which can lead to diabetic eye disease and vision loss. Other recommendations–consume healthy foods, refrain from smoking, and manage any chronic health conditions. All of these can be linked to your vision health. Now, participate even more with Healthy Vision Month–share this information with your family and friends. We’re happy you’re not taking your eyesight for granted.  

How to find an eye doctor

by MikeMeehan 5/3/2018 1:16 PM

A great way to recognize Healthy Vision Month and to ensure your own healthy vision is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with a DeltaVision® vision provider. We have a provider search tool to help you find an eye doctor. And there’s some other information to consider when setting up an appointment. Vision provider search options Website. On Delta Dental of Missouri’s homepage, look for the “Find a Provider” option on the top menu or on the green bar menu in the middle of the page. After choosing the option, Vision Care Provider, you will see various fields to enter information like city, state or zip code. You can also narrow your results by choosing a maximum distance radius from your location. Additionally, you can search by provider last name, practice name or specialty.  After clicking the “Search for a Provider” button, your results will be listed on screen and can also be exported to a PDF or Excel document. Information includes address, phone numbers, specialty and whether the provider is accepting new patients. Email Inquiry Service. Members can also email provider location requests to customerservice@deltavisionmo.com. A customer service representative will respond (by telephone or email) within 24 hours of the inquiry. Customer Service/Operations Center. You may also call our toll-free number, 877-488-5130, Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm Central time. The DeltaVision provider network includes both optometrists and ophthalmologists. How to verify coverage To verify your eligibility and plan coverage, log in to your DeltaVision account using your username and password. You will need to create an account using your date of birth and member ID on your first visit. You or your eye health provider can also call DeltaVision customer service at 877-488-5130, and a representative will provide specific eligibility and plan information. If your eye doctor is out-of-network Out-of-network providers require members to pay for their services. Members will need to submit a DeltaVision Member Reimbursement Request Form with a copy of the original receipt to: DeltaVision c/oAdvantica Claims DepartmentP.O. Box 8510St. Louis, MO 63126-0510 DeltaVision is underwritten by Advantica Insurance Company. DeltaVision is administered by Delta Dental of Missouri and Advantica Administrative Services, Inc. (Advantica®).  

Protect your eyes during allergy season

by MikeMeehan 4/26/2018 1:11 PM

Allergy season can bring about some uncomfortable symptoms, especially for your eyes. As your vision benefits provider, we want to make sure you protect your eyes this season. Here are 6 tips to get you started: Avoid exposureTry to minimize your exposure to allergens by keeping windows closed and wearing sunglasses with as much coverage as possible. Whether at home or in your car, air conditioning and filtering the air can provide some relief. Use eye dropsThere are many brands, so consult your eye doctor for a recommendation. Allergy eye drops will reduce the histamine in your eye tissues, so this might be a good option to directly help your swollen, watery, red and itchy eyes. You can try over-the-counter for your mild symptoms, but if you don’t see improvement, see your eye doctor for prescription eye drops. Remove contact lensesDuring allergy season, wearing your eyeglasses instead of your contact lenses may help with eye allergies. The surface of your contact lenses can collect allergens. Treat with medicationsIf over-the-counter eye drops aren’t enough, oral medications can relieve your eye allergy symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestants, and other options can be prescribed by your doctor or bought over the counter. Don’t itch!Although it might provide temporary relief, rubbing your eyes can lead to thinning of the cornea and a risk of eye infections. Also, when you rub your allergy eyes, the itching releases more histamines, worsening the symptoms. When the itching becomes unbearable, grab the eye drops instead.  Try other remediesImmunotherapy, steroids and mast cell stabilizers are examples of other treatments you can discuss with your doctor. At home remedies, like a cold washcloth or compress, cucumber slices or tea bags placed on your eyelids can be soothing. Changing your clothes when you get home and showering before bedtime are some other strategies.  

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