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®).  

At Work? Think About Your Eyes

by MikeMeehan 3/28/2018 2:34 PM

Eye injuries at work are very common, according to the American Optometric Association. But most of these injuries can be prevented with the proper eye protection and with raised awareness. Depending on your occupation, there are workplace eye safety precautions to take. Eye injuries at the workplace happen for two main reasons – you were not wearing any eye protection or you were wearing the wrong type of eye protection for the job at hand. Consider these potential hazards at your workplace: Projectiles or particles like bits of wood and metal that could fall or fly into your eye Chemicals that could splash into your eyes or create fumes Radiation exposure like UV, infrared and lasers Oil or grease that could splash into your eyes Bloodborne pathogens Then take these steps to prevent an eye injury: Assess your workplace and look for possible eye safety hazards If possible, remove or reduce the eye hazard Wear appropriate eye safety gear like safety glasses, goggles and face shields Regularly inspect your eye safety gear to be sure it’s still effective and not damaged Blue light at work Another eye hazard at work is blue light from your computer screen. If you have prolonged exposure to digital devices, you could be susceptible to Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. If you spend more than two hours a day in front of the computer, you have a 90% chance of developing this vision problem. To prevent digital eye strain at work, use the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus on something at least 20 feet away. For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, Prevent Blindness America reminds all employees to have regular comprehensive eye exams to be sure they have sufficient vision in order to do their jobs safely.

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