By the age of 65, one in three individuals has some form of vision-reducing eye disease. Some of the most common age-related eye diseases among seniors include cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
With children preparing to start a new school year, it’s more important than ever for us to educate our patients on the relationship between vision and learning. We all take the time to educate patients in the exam room, but how can we reach the patients who we don’t get to see but who may need us most?
Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases the Medicare Advantage and Part D star ratings which measure the performance of a health plan and prescription drug plans. These ratings empower Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans on more than just cost, but also quality and satisfaction.
With children returning to the classroom this fall, many parents, guardians, and caregivers are busy buying school supplies to set them up for a great school year. However, they may not be including one of the most important steps for ensuring children’s long-term success in their back-to-school prep list – an eye exam.
Wearing sunscreen, properly hydrating and taking some time out of the sun are some of the best ways we can protect ourselves from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays during the summer. However, protection doesn’t stop at the skin – this UV Safety Awareness Month we must not forget the value of wearing sunglasses and protecting your eyes, as well.
Vision care may not always receive the attention and consideration from health plan decision-makers that it should. Vision is a critical point of care, as one aspect of health most likely to directly affect a health plan member’s everyday life, from birth to old age.
Offering voluntary vision as part of an employee benefits package can help improve employees' lives, increase access to quality vision care and reduce associated health costs. Access to vision benefits is an important factor in access to vision care for many Americans.
While telemedicine for vision care is still evolving, the concept itself is here to stay, particularly in the age of the digital native, who is not only prepared for digitized, remote medical care, but expects it.
June marks not only the start of summer but also National Cataract Awareness Month, a time where we recognize the danger of cataracts as well as the preventative measures people can take to protect their vision.