Making the Most of Your Vision Insurance Before the Year Ends
The end of the year is quickly approaching and with that the end of most of your insurance plan benefits. In most cases, unused insurance benefits from this year will not be carried over to the new year. So this means, use it or lose it!
At Stanton Optical, we’ve taken the time to remind our valued customers of their vision insurance/benefits and provide you with tips on how to use those benefits before year end.
Stanton Optical accepts a variety of vision insurance plans. Our vision specialists are knowledgeable and trained to help answer any questions related to insurance benefits, what your vision insurance covers, and whether or not a co-pay will be needed.
What Does My Vision Insurance Cover?
Most vision insurance plans will cover the following:
When it comes to contact lens exams and contact lenses, there can be many areas of grey with your insurance plan. It’s important to check with your vision insurance provider on your plan coverage. Don’t have the time to check? When you schedule your appointment, let us know and we’ll do it for you!
Most vision insurance plans consider lens upgrades, coatings or add-ons to be electives which may not be covered.
How to Maximize Your Vision Benefits
If you find yourself with extra FSA money after getting your eye exam and purchasing your glasses, that money could be spent on eyewear accessories. At Stanton Optical, we offer the following accessories:
- Lens Cleaner Kit
- Microfiber cloths
- Specialized Towelettes
- Glasses neck strap
If accessories aren’t your thing, then take full advantage of your vision insurance by checking to see if your plan covers a pair of backup glasses. If it does, you could get a backup pair for the office or your purse.
Schedule your next eye exam before the end of the year at a Stanton Optical location near you!
Eye Health News: Glaucoma
Glaucoma is an eye health concern that can be present for years before you notice any symptoms. Having annual eye exams by a licensed Optometrist can help to detect and treat Glaucoma before it becomes a serious issue affecting your vision.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the continued build-up of fluid in the eye that starts to put pressure on the optic nerve. It is a condition that can start to develop without any noticeable symptoms, but it can become extremely painful over time. Once the damage to the optic nerve begins, it must be corrected to prevent permanent damage to your vision.
How is Glaucoma Detected?
When you come in for a comprehensive eye exam at Stanton Optical, one of the tools used to detect glaucoma is a Tonometry test. This test measures the pressure inside your eye, called the Intraocular Pressure or the IOP. The Tonometry measures the pressure in your eye by recording the resistance of your cornea to the pressure applied. The Tonometry method used at Stanton Optical is the noncontact tonometry method. This method, also known as the air puff, uses a puff of air to flatten your cornea. The noncontact tonometry method is the simplest way to check for high IOP and is also the best way to test children. The IOP is considered normal when it is between 12 – 22 mm Hg. Eye pressure above 22 mm Hg is considered higher than normal, and could be a sign of glaucoma.
What Causes Glaucoma?
The simple explanation as to what causes glaucoma is that the filter which allows eye fluid to drain out of the eye gets blocked causing the fluid to become trapped behind the clogged filter. When the internal eye structures is prevented from regulating intraocular pressure (IOP), the eye pressure levels can rise quickly causing glaucoma. Since the eyes do not have a way to relieve the pressure, the pressure continues to build and begins to push against the optic nerve, causing the optic nerve fibers to become damaged and cause vision loss. When glaucoma progresses, the injured neurons cause eye damage in the form of peripheral vision loss.
Furthermore, the eye’s anatomy contains drainage angles. If these drainage angles are narrow or “closed,” it makes it difficult for the eye to release the fluid or aqueous. An open angle can also interrupt the flow of aqueous, if structural damage already exist within the ocular tissue of the angle itself.
As mentioned previously, a high IOP is associated with glaucoma, but having a normal IOP can also cause glaucoma. This often happens to people who have highly pressure-sensitive optic nerves, that are susceptible to damage from what is considered to be a “normal” IOP. The best way to detect glaucoma with a normal IOP is by directly examining the optic nerve and a visual field testing.
Who is Most Susceptible to Glaucoma?
Glaucoma can occur as the result of a genetic history or it can occur as part of conditions such as diabetes. In most cases, the condition does not start to show symptoms until the person reaches their 40’s. However, symptoms such as blurred vision and pain associated with the eye have been known to occur in people who are much younger.
What is the Treatment?
Optometrist and Ophthalmologists use treatment methods that range anywhere from prescribed eye drops to surgical procedures to repair the condition. The prognosis for recovery is very high, as long as the condition is diagnosed and treated at its earliest stages.
Glaucoma left untreated or ignored could result in severe vision issues and in some cases blindness. If you take time to visit your Stanton Optical eye care professional at least once each year, then they can track any changes in your eye health that could lead to glaucoma. If any eyesight issues are discovered during your eye exam, the eye doctor can recommend effective preventive measures to take care of the problem.
Importance of an Annual Eye Exam
Scheduling an annual eye exam at Stanton Optical is critical to monitoring your vision health and detecting the early signs of Glaucoma. Schedule your FREE Eye Exam today.
Stanton Optical Partners with Charity Vision to Aid World Vision
Our vision at Stanton Optical is to become the country’s leading customer-centric eye care provider by anticipating each customer’s needs and offering highly personalized, low cost products that match their unique lifestyle. We also strive to bring value to the world we live in. One of the ways in which we aim to give back to the communities we serve and the world we live in, is by partnering with the non-profit organization, Charity Vision, and aiding their cause to fight and stop the blindness epidemic.
About Charity Vision
Charity Vision aims to bring sight back to those in need and suffering from vision loss. According to Charity Vision, blindness affects over 39 million people around the world and 245 million other people suffer from low vision. Their mission is to “empower local physicians and create a sustainable solution to the blindness epidemic.” Blindness not only affects the individual, but their families as well, since in most cases the family members become the primary caregiver for that person. Charity Vision believes that by empowering the local physician and providing them with the necessary tools to combat blindness they will not only fight blindness, but they will also bring hope to those communities. To the individuals suffering from vision loss in these communities, a pair of prescription glasses can make a big difference in their lifestyle.
Stanton Optical’s Contribution
In order to help Charity Vision’s mission in combating the blindness epidemic, every month Stanton Optical donates an average of 400+ new eyeglass frames to the charity. Since 2014, we have donated over 17,500 frames (and counting). These frames get sent to the charity’s main offices in Utah, and from there the frames are shipped out wherever they are needed the most throughout the world. Our donated frames end up at various locations around the world including Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia.
How You Can Help!
If you’d like have a part in helping someone in need get their sight back, you can make a donation here. Donating $1 equals $100+ in medical services provided by Charity Vision.
Stop in to any Stanton Optical for your FREE Eye Exam and bring your old pair of glasses to donate to this great cause!
Fall Inspired Eye Healthy Recipes
Summer has come to an end and Fall has officially started! But that doesn’t mean that you should stop protecting your eyes. Here at Stanton Optical we’ve compiled some Fall inspired recipes with ingredients that will help improve and protect your visual health.
Don’t worry… they don’t all contain pumpkin.
Roasted Butternut Squash
Our first eye health recipe is roasted butternut squash with bacon, and pistachios placed over a bed of baby lettuce or mixed greens. This recipe will make approximately 6 servings.
The recipe calls for:
- Cooking Spray
- 1 ½ lb of peeled, seeded and chopped Butternut Squash
- 1 lb of Beets peeled, and cut into cubes
- 2 slices of bacon
- 3 tbsp of red wine vinegar
- 1 ½ tsp of Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
- ⅓ of thinly cut red onion
- 3 tbsp of chopped pistachio nuts
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 bags of mixed greens or baby lettuce.
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, heat the oven to 425℉ and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Next, spread the butternut squash on half of the cookie sheet and the beets on the other half of the cookie sheet. Make sure that they are evenly spread to make a thick layer. Add salt and pepper to taste and spray again with cooking spray. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until beets and butternut squash are cooked and firm. (Make sure that the beets and squash do not touch since the the beets will color the squash.) While beets and squash are in the oven, cook the 2 slices of bacon in a small non-frying pan over medium to high heat until fully cooked and crisp. In a separate bowl take 2 tbsp of the bacon grease and mix in red wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and add crumbled bacon. Once completed, set aside and remove squash and beets from the oven. In another bowl mix baby lettuce or mixed greens with desired dressing, and place salad mix on 6 dinner plates. Finally, place equal amounts of butternut squash and beets on top of salad bed, and sprinkle with pistachios. Enjoy!
Eye Health Benefits
The ingredients used in this dish are proven to not only help your vision health, but they are also known to help prevent eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and visual acuity. Implementing these foods into your diet will not only nourish your body, but your eyes will thank you at a later age in life. Some of the nutrients in this recipe are:
- Vitamin C: proven to help lower the risk of developing cataracts, can slow the process of age- related macular degeneration and the loss of vision acuity.
- Vitamin E: known to protect the eye cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals which are known to break down healthy tissue.
- Zinc: is the nutrient responsible for bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, which is a protective pigment in the eyes. Zinc is highly concentrated around the eye in the retina and chroid – the vascular tissue layer under the retina.
- Lutein & Zeaxanthin: helps reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including cataracts and age- related macular degeneration.
- Beta – Carotene: is known to also help prevent age – related macular degeneration, dry eyes and night time blindness.
For dessert we’ve chosen a light pumpkin mousse, because it’s not Fall without some Pumpkin. Pumpkin contains beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body, and protects the cornea or surface of the eye. Furthermore, it helps in reducing age-related macular degeneration, and helps prolong vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
To make this light and tasty dessert you will need:
- 1 cup of Pumpkin Puree (it can be from a can)
- ½ cup of Greek 0% or 2% yogurt
- ½ cup of maple syrup
- ¼ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 envelope of gelatin
- ¼ cup of very cold whipping cream
- ½ tsp of mixed spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger)
- The zest of one orange
After you have the ingredients together place a medium to large bowl in the freezer. Then, in a larger bowl mix the pumpkin puree with the greek yogurt using a whisk. Sprinkle the gelatin packet in the orange juice and let that sit for about 3 minutes. While you wait for that, in a small sauce pan, bring the maple syrup to a boil stirring constantly. Once that has come to a boil, pour it over the orange juice until the gelatin has melted. Take the orange juice, gelatin, maple syrup mixture and pour into pumpkin, and greek yogurt and mix well using a whisk. Add the orange zest and spices and mix together. Remove the chilled bowl from the freezer and whip cream to form peaks. Using a hand mixer, mix the pumpkin mix for about one minute. Take whipped cream and fold into pumpkin mix using a spatula. Ladle the mix into individual serving cups and place in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours until set. Enjoy!
Food can be a great resource in maintaining and promoting healthy vision, but getting an eye exam every year, is essential to ensuring that your eyes are as healthy as can be.
Schedule your FREE Eye Exam at a Stanton Optical location near you!