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Eye health information during COVID-19

At BCBS FEP Vision, our first concern is always the health and wellbeing of our members. During times like these, we find that members are seeking information and turn to trusted organizations like ours for guidance. Here are some answers to questions related to COVID-19 and eye health.

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Focusing on blindness

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 2.2 billion individuals worldwide with vision impairment or blindness. In the U.S. alone, blindness or low vision affects more than 4.2 million Americans.

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Children and digital eye strain

For a majority of parents, the 2020-2021 school year will begin virtually. According to Education Week, 39 of the 50 largest school districts are choosing remote learning as their back-to-school instructional model, affecting over 6.1 million students in the United States.

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Healthy eating tips that support eye health

Did you know that adding certain nutrients to your diet can help preserve your vision and improve eye health? Research conducted by the National Eye Institute (NEI) confirmed that certain variations of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and zinc may help preserve vision and reduce the risk of certain eye diseases.

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Common eye problems in children

Healthy eyes and vision are an essential part of a child’s development. There are many different eye conditions and diseases that can affect a child’s vision, which is why regular eye checks and vision screenings should be a part of your child’s medical care.

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Digital eye strain

With the increasing use of digital devices, many individuals suffer from eye discomfort after prolonged screen use (more than two hours). This is known as digital eye strain.

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Pet allergies can make your eyes miserable

Our pets are often our best friends – unless we are allergic to them. Approximately 62 percent of Americans have pets, and 15 to 30 percent of Americans suffer from pet allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. That’s a lot of red, itchy eyes!

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What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye,” is a common eye disease. It is called “pink eye” because it can cause the white of the eye to become pink or red. It occurs when there is an irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva.

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Protect your eyes when using cleaning agents and hair dyes

During these challenging times, many of us are focused on keeping our homes clean and free from germs, including the COVID-19 virus. We may be using certain cleaning agents for the first time. It’s important to remember that these contain chemicals that can cause irritation and injury to your eyes, especially when used in areas that are not well ventilated. Exposure to chemical fumes is just as dangerous as splatter into the eye.

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4 helpful ways to prevent your face mask from fogging your glasses

During these unprecedented times, most of us are following the CDC guidelines for wearing face masks in public to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, for the 64 percent of Americans who wear glasses – and countless others who wear sunglasses – this new public health mandate comes with an unexpected consequence: foggy lenses.

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The value of vision care

75% of Americans need some form of vision correction1. Get a better understanding of the widespread need of vision care, the impact it has on the economy and how routine vision plays a critical role in the early detection of many chronic health conditions.

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Women’s eye health and safety

There are many healthcare issues specific to women, and eye health is no exception. Women have higher rates of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. They also have a higher prevalence of dry eye and may experience changes in vision related to pregnancy and menopause.

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Why are more consumers purchasing eyewear online

Technology has had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives, especially how we shop. Over the past decade, the percentage of eCommerce sales has grown by double digits each year, and it’s not slowing down, according to eMarketer.

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A fishy solution to dry eye

It’s painful, frustrating, and affects nearly five million Americans age 50 and older, 60 percent of whom are women—particularly menopausal women. We are talking about dry eye.

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Safe toys and celebrations

According to Prevent Blindness America, children sustain approximately 11,000 toy-related eye injuries each year. Most toy-related eye injuries are treated, have no long-term effects, and are easily preventable.

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Diabetic eye disease

Regular eye exams can lead to early prevention, detection, or treatment of several health concerns. Below are three health issues that can be detected by an eye exam.

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Costume contacts safety

In order to safely wear decorative contacts during Halloween or when dressing up throughout the year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends following these guidelines.

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Fireworks eye safety

Each year, thousands of Americans visit emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Thirty-five percent of those injured are under the age of 15. Regulations have helped make fireworks safer, though inherently they remain potentially hazardous.

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Sports eye safety

Each sport has its own unique risks of eye injury and requires its own type of protective eyewear, which is why the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) sets the standard for sports eye protection.

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Yoga for the eyes

Yoga is a wonderful exercise for both flexibility and stress reduction. But did you know it can also benefit your eyes and vision? Our newest infographic shows you three yoga exercises for your eyes that can relieve eyestrain and support overall eye health.

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How diabetes affects your vision

Diabetes is a disease affecting your pancreas, which also affects the blood sugar and insulin levels in your body. Not only does diabetes affect your pancreas, but it also systemically affects your entire body.

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How to read your eyeglass prescription

If you suffer from certain eye problems, your doctor may prescribe eyeglasses to help with your eyesight. However, your prescription for eyeglasses contains numbers and abbreviated words that you may not be able to understand.

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What to expect in a checkup eye exam

An eye exam consists of an array of tests carried out by an eye care professional or specialist who examines your vision and ability to focus on distinguishing objects. It is inclusive of all check-ups and analysis pertaining to the eye.

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Popular lens options

Eyeglass wearers have many lens options available to them that will enhance their comfort and provide added vision benefits. The listing below details some of the most popular options and explains how they can help you experience the best results from your new eyeglasses. Talk to your eye care professional today to find out more!

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Polarized sunglasses

You already know that when you buy prescription sunglasses to protect your eyes and to improve your vision at the same time, you want lenses that block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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