Use it or Lose it! FSA Spending

December 19, 2013

We’re coming to the end of the year so swiftly! Remember that any money you contributed to your Flexible Spending Account will likely expire as soon as 2013 does! This money can be used for qualified medical purchases, even some over-the-counter products, provided certain guidelines are adhered to. Just as a reminder, here are some brief tips on FSA spending for your eyes!

Your FSA can be used for our products and service in office including, but not limited to:

Prescription glasses and prescription sunglassesContact lensesCopaymentsExam feesPrescription medicationsCertain over-the-counter medications (artificial tears, contact solution, eye patches, lid scrubs, vitamins), provided a prescription from a doctor can be given for them

What your FSA CAN’T be used for:

Nonprescription sunglassesCosmetic treatments and medicationsMultiple vitaminsLotions and skin moisturizers

Call & set up an appointment at one of our offices before time runs out!!! Don’t miss out on using your FSA!

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The Gift of Good Vision

December 12, 2013

If you can read this sentence, your vision is better than the estimated 39 million people worldwide who are blind. Vision is something that we all can take for granted; seeing is not a voluntary action…we open our eyes, some of us throw on some glasses or contacts, and there the world is. One of the best ways you can celebrate this amazing gift is by taking care of it!

Ways to care for your eyes:

1. Keep your diet eye-friendly!

Focus on fruits and veggies! Get your daily doses of leafy greens, citrus fruits, and colorful vegetables.Add omega-3 rich foods like salmon, walnuts, and enriched eggs.Limit your intake of sugars and saturated fats.

2. Protect your eyes!

Wear proper safety glasses.Wear UV protective glasses when exposed to sunlight.Wear corrective (and/or protective) glasses as directed, especially if you’re monocular!

3. Get routine examinations, especially if you have other medical conditions.

Diabetics should follow advisement for frequency of dilated examinations; some may require annual or biannual visits (or more  frequently, especially if blood sugar is in poor control).Any ocular condition (glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc) may require multiple visits annually; while this may be somewhat inconvenient, it is a necessary and vital part of ensuring the best care is given to your eyes!Concerns about eye health should be addressed with immediacy in many cases; if you’re concerned about your eye health, contact our office today to schedule an exam!

4. Practice good hygiene, especially in cold and flu season!

Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your eyes!Use a quality artificial tear as needed.Take precautions when a family member, coworker, or friend is actively ill; limit contact and keep shared surfaces clean!Take precautions when you’re ill! Wash your hands, avoid using tissues repeatedly or transferring use from nose or mouth to the eyes.

This information is solely for informational purposes and is not intended to provide medical advice. If you are concerned about any medical condition or your eye health, please visit and speak with your primary or eye care service provider.


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Eyelid Twitching

December 3, 2013

Eyelid twitching can be annoying, uncomfortable, and can limit one’s ability to perform daily activities with ease. Eyelid spasms differ from full facial spasms, which can be cause for more concern (if you are concerned about a full facial spasm, contact your primary medical doctor). Eyelid twitching can have various etiologies; two common types of spasms, blepharospasms and myokymia, will be discussed below. As always, if you are concerned about your eyes or general health, contact your primary or ocular specialist.

Myokymia:

Myokymia is generally characterized by an involuntary quivering or twitching in the eye lids, often the lower lid(s). It often will occur and resolve spontaneously. Possible contributing factors are excessive amounts of caffeine, stress, exhaustion, alcohol or drug use, and anxiety. Because this condition will often resolve of its own volition, treatment is often used to make the condition more bearable for its duration. Treatments may include reduction of caffeine, warm compresses, oral antihistamines, and/or rest and relaxation.

Blepharospasm:

Blepharospasms can be caused by a variety of conditions from dryness and irritation to benign essential blepharospasm, wherein the particular cause of twitching is unknown. Blepharospasms may involve one eye, both eyes, or the full face; it can be difficult to tolerate and may be uncomfortable/activity limiting. Blepharospasms may self-resolve or may require treatment to cease; treatments may include BOTOX injection, drug therapy, surgical intervention, and stress management.


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