At :DentalPlans, we take your eye care as seriously as your dental care!
“An eye for an eye…a tooth for a tooth” may be a biblical saying about “getting even.” But to us, here at :DentalPlans, it means something else: That we take your eye health (and our vision savings plans, available with or without your membership to one of our dental plans) very seriously.
So, with August being not only National Eye Exam Month (an awareness event founded in 1989 by Sears Optical), but Cataract Awareness Month as well, we thought the time was ripe to share these eye-health pointers with you.
- When was your last eye exam? You may think that since your eyes aren’t bothering you, there’s no need to get to the eye doctor. Not true. In fact, if you’re between the ages of 40 and 65, you should be visiting him or her at least every two to four years. This changes to every one to two if you’re over 65. Why? Two reasons. 1. Early detection of eye issues (which often emerge as we age) is critical for their treatment, and, 2. Certain eye problems can be the first signs of other, systemic issues, like diabetes. You need to know what’s going on.
If you have noticed any of the following symptoms– blurred vision (even with glasses), sensitivity to light, eye pain, black spots before your eyes, persistent watering, redness and burning, or increasing headaches or squinting–be sure to schedule an appointment with an eye-care professional at your earliest convenience.
- Beginning at the age of 40, most people, regardless of their eye health and vision history, require reading help. Eye muscles lose strength. If you find yourself struggling to read the fine print in books, on forms, or even on menus, get checked by a professional.
- The month of August, of course, also means summer, and we want you to relax and enjoy. As you do, though, please take the following precautions to protect your eye safety and health.
• Wear sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen around your eyes, and/or a visor/hat to all outdoor events (games, parks, boating, beach, concerts, the pool, sporting events, etc.). You will avoid burning your corneas and may ward off the formation cataracts.
• Wear recommended eye–protection apparatus when doing indoor or outdoor home projects (from mowing the lawn to gardening to crafting), and when playing sports (the recommended goggles, masks, etc.) Always err on the site of safety. Always.
• Immediately get out of any body water that stings your eyes, and flush them with clean water. And, please, don’t be tempted to wear contact lenses in the water. Anyone who cleans pools can tell you, drains are filled with them.
• Carry several bottles of clean water with you when hiking…and not just for hydration. If you get an insect bite or poison oak or ivy on or in your eye, rinsing it immediately is imperative. You can avoid painful, and sometimes serious, damage.
• Use common sense when it comes to your and your kids’ summer activities like playing with paint, pellet, or dart guns, partaking in archery, lighting fireworks, and jumping overheated car batteries. Keep goggles in your trunk at all times, and you’re always prepared.
• Wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible, and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. This prevents everyone from getting sand, dirt, food, and other particles into their eyes, and reduces the spread of contagious, health conditions like pink eye. Be sure to use a clean towel whenever drying your face.
• Rest, rest, rest. Even 20 to 30 minutes of relaxing, closing your eyes, or sitting in a dark room will help prevent eye strain, headaches, and blurred vision…especially for those of us who—summer or not—spend a lot of time in front of electronic devices like the tv, computers, pads, or phones.
Need to get to an eye doctor, but don’t have insurance? One of our :DentalPlans AtYourService Representatives is just a phone call away. We can help you save a bundle at your next eye-care appointment, whether you have a dental savings plan or not. Call us at 1-800-238-5163 and learn more today.