The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities and disparities in our healthcare system, with social determinants of health (SDOH) having a considerable correlation with COVID-19 outcomes.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient the body needs for many vital processes. It promotes healthy bones and teeth, regulates insulin levels, benefits the immune system, and supports lung function, cardiovascular health, and brain and nervous system health.5 Vitamin D also plays a vital role in protecting against conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, […]
Thyroid eye disease is an immune-mediated disorder characterized by swelling, bulging, blurred vision and doubled vision.
Do you have a vision care visit in the near future for yourself or a loved one? If so, you’ll want to get the most out of your Blue Cross and Blue Shield FEP Vision coverage. That means choosing an in-network provider for your care.
It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but new research suggests that the eyes may actually be the windows into the heart.
For many of us, researching our ancestral roots has become a favorite pastime. But did you know that understanding your family history can also be vital to maintaining good health?
Optimal eye health is the gateway to overall wellness. Without a proper care plan in place, it can be difficult to make arrangements for eye care and detect vision issues as well as potential diseases. That’s why managed eye care is critical for health.
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.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 workplace eye injuries happen every year.
More in common than meets the eye? Evidence suggests that the eyes and the heart, two very different organs, have more in common than one might expect. They share many characteristics that may help in the detection, prevention, and treatment of multiple health conditions.
Research has determined that a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, can significantly reduce the risk of eye health problems.
A visit to your eye care professional may give you clues about the health of your brain and reveal some early signs of various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Did you know that having a regular eye exam could potentially save your life? The eyes are said to be the windows into our overall health.
Let’s face it, we are constantly surrounded by screens on a daily basis. The COVID-19 pandemic has made avoiding digital devices even harder.
August 17-21, 2020 marks the seventh annual Contact Lens Health Week – a CDC strategy to increase public health awareness of how to safely care for and wear contact lenses.
Routine eye exams are an important and effective form of preventative medicine for all age groups. Whether someone is eight or 80, eye exams are critical for vision and eye health, as well as offering a way to identify myriad other health conditions.
While most of us understand the dangers that too much sun exposure can have on our skin, many are not aware that sunlight can also pose a risk to our eyes.
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 […]
Here are 5 steps to take in order to have a successful visit with your eye care professional.
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.
It’s important to clean your eyeglasses the right way, to prevent scratches and other damage and to keep them looking great.
It’s important to clean your eyeglasses the right way, to prevent scratches and other damage and to keep them looking great. This is even more important now, as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s everything you need to know about how the U.S. is returning to routine eye care so you can be prepared for your next visit.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
As we age, changes occur with our vision. Some of these changes are perfectly normal and may not signify cause for alarm, while others can have a life-changing impact. Some of these changes may come without any symptoms and can have the ability to affect our vision and quality of life permanently.
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.
Taking good care of your eyes can help you maintain good overall health. See the full infographic below and click on it to see a PDF version.
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.
As we reach our 40s and 50s, we face new vision challenges that may be just around the corner. Fortunately, most age-related vision issues are preventable and treatable if you take simple steps to protect your eyes.
In addition to prescription sunglasses, you may want to consider another option closely related to providing safer and better vision: polarized sunglasses. How can they benefit you?
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.
By developing these simple habits, you can help protect your eye health.
Whether an injury is suffered at the workplace, playing sports, or from doing projects around the home, it is extremely important to be able to recognize an eye injury when it happens.
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.
Hearing tests are simple, painless, and widely available. This hearing health care plan is accessible to you and your family members through your BCBS FEP Vision plan.
Insurance can be tricky place to navigate. Much like any field or discipline, it has its own set of terminology. The following list will help you to navigate the insurance lexicon so you can better understand your vision and eye care benefits.
Whether you are talking about a cell phone, tablet, reader, computer, smart TV, or efficiency they provide is inarguable, these perks often come with a price – eyestrain.
Children and sports go together like baseball and apple pie. Unfortunately, sports and concussions also go hand-in-hand, and children are no exception.
Did you know that the eyes themselves are not what actually allow you to see? They are simply a conveyance for messages sent from the brain, via the optic nerve.
Most adults start developing eyesight issues between their mid-40s and early 50s, particularly when reading and working on computers.
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.
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.
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.
A pet is the best friend you can have – unless you’re allergic to one. Have you experienced eye irritation after contact with pets? Or maybe after entering a room with pets? In the United States, pet allergies are common. Approximately 15 to 30% of Americans suffer from pet allergies according to a study by Asthma and […]
Parents strive to provide the best environment and resources for their kids to learn. Unfortunately, vision is often overlooked. Understanding visual skills needed by your child to succeed in school is key.
Each year, thousands of Americans visit emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. 35% of those injured are under the age of 151. Regulations have helped make fireworks safer, though inherently they remain potentially hazardous. Firecrackers Firecrackers can cause eye injuries if they erupt at close range. Someone inspecting a firecracker that failed to go off could […]
Aging is a natural part of life and along with the rest of the body, it is common for eyes to go through changes as we age. One change that is a natural part of the aging process of the eye is presbyopia.
If you’re turning to supplements for eye health, start by looking at to your plate first. These 7 nutrient-rich foods for eye health help keep eyes healthy and vision strong.
Light is crucial for vision. It bounces off objects and enters your eyes, which allows you to see. But sometimes, it’s the source of vision problems, like glare.
Imagine this – you’re looking out toward the ocean, watching the waves hit the shoreline. A few crabs scuttle across your periphery and you notice a sand dollar. As you bend over to pick it up, your hand hits a hard wooden object and you remember you are in a virtual world, sitting in front […]
When you think of sunglasses, fashion may be the first thing to come to mind. You know that they serve a function, but the importance of having and wearing sunglasses every time you’re outside may not be fully clear.
With school just around the corner, your child’s annual eye exam should be a priority. Vision is one of the most important factors in learning and development.
Early disease detection through an eye exam can lead to prevention or earlier treatment to help reduce medical costs and productivity loss down the road. Below are just three major health issues that can be detected by an eye exam.
There has been a marked increase in the number of children diagnosed with myopia in the past 10 years, and it is suspected that Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the cause.
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!
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.
With the arrival of summer come all the outdoor activities many of us look forward to. This in return equates to more exposure to the sun. We are all very aware of the damaging effects sunlight has our skin, but what about our eyes? The sun emits invisible, high energy rays called ultraviolet radiation (UV). […]
Don’t have diabetes? Arm yourself with information! Simple steps can protect your health and vision.
It’s important to understand what common vision problems are with children so that they can see their best. Below is a list of questions and answers surrounding the most popular vision concerns for kids.
Your friends’ faces are just a little bit blurry. Straight lines are beginning to appear wavy.
Do you ever step outside, take a deep breath—and begin to sneeze uncontrollably as your eyes start to itch and swell?
After a long, frozen winter, we cheer when the sun finally begins to warm the Earth. But beware of the power of this life-giving, dazzling star! As we spend more time outdoors at beaches, ballgames, parks and pools, the sun’s constant UV (ultraviolet) light radiation can damage our eyes. Over time, too much UV exposure […]
Have you ever seen a sports figure or motorcyclist wearing a pair of sunglasses and thought how cool those shades were?