Summer foods for healthy vision

by MikeMeehan 6/15/2018 11:49 AM

When summer arrives, so do all the wonderful fruits and vegetables in season. For your vision health, and overall health, fruits and vegetables are, of course, the foundation. As your vision benefits provider, we put together some summer food recommendations for your eye health. Watermelons, along with strawberries, have valuable vitamin C. The vitamin C found in these fruits could lower your risk of developing cataracts, scientific evidence suggests, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA).  Tomatoes are another vegetable in abundance at your farmer’s market in the summer. And tomatoes are packed with vitamin C. Raspberries are another summer fruit high in vitamin C. Keep raspberries, with strawberries and watermelon cut up and ready to eat, in the fridge. It will make it easier for you and your family to make the choice of healthy fruits instead of sugary snacks. Peppers. Salads make great light summer fare. Along with the green bell peppers in season, toss in some eye-healthy spinach and carrots to make a nutrient-rich salad. The AOA reported that eating foods with vitamin C along with beta-carotene, vitamin E and other nutrients can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Bell peppers and raspberries provide these nutrients. Lots of beta-carotene choices. Cantaloupe, mangos, apricots and peaches might make you think of summer. Now they can make you think of eye health too. Beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A which is a great nutrient for your eyes. Dark, leafy greens. Lutein and zeaxanthin, beneficial to your eyes, can be found in spinach, kale, collard greens and broccoli, along with peas and avocados, which are all great for a summer salad. Salmon. If you like to grill in the summer, fish, like salmon, is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your eye health. Looks like we put together a great summer menu–salad, grilled fish and fruit for dessert. Keep up the healthy routineAll the fruits and vegetables available in the summer can make it easier to keep up your healthy living routine. But don’t forget to schedule an eye exam with your vision care provider for you and your family.

Costs for whitening your pearly whites

by MikeMeehan 6/7/2018 8:33 AM

Need to prep your smile for a big summer event? Take a look at the most common whitening methods from least to most expensive. Whitening toothpaste can often be purchased for under $20 and will take two to six weeks to show a noticeable difference. This method works by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Since whitening toothpastes don’t alter the natural color of your teeth or lighten stains that go deeper than the tooth’s surface, the effects won’t be as significant as other methods.  Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels usually fall between $10 and $100 and can take 10 to 14 days to whiten teeth. The bleaching agents used for these products are weaker than those used by dentists, so they require longer application times than professional whiteners to achieve similar effects. Each product will be applied differently based on the instructions included in the package.  At-home whitening trays typically cost between $150 and $600 and take full effect in one to four weeks. Your dentist will customize a bleaching tray for you to take home and wear as instructed. The bleaching tray looks somewhat like a retainer or mouth guard in which peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste is contained during the whitening process. You may wear it overnight or during the day for several hours at a time.  In-office bleaching can cost between $500 and $1,000 and normally takes less than two hours. The process is completed painlessly at the dentist’s office. After applying a bleaching agent, your dentist may also use light, heat or both to enhance the whitening effect. Depending on your situation, you may need to complete more than one session. Before choosing a whitening method, consult with your dentist to determine the best option for you. Whiteners may not work on all teeth. For example, teeth with porcelain crowns and composite fillings won’t whiten along with your natural teeth, so their color may no longer match. Your dentist can also advise on the safety of your intended method. After or during your whitening process, you may experience a temporary increase in teeth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist if this happens to you.   

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®).  

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