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Make Your Vision a New Year’s Resolution

We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions—plans to work-out more, eat less junk food, get organized or save more money. This year, why not make a resolution that will keep you seeing all the good things in life for years to come—TAKING CARE OF YOUR EYES.

Plan ahead

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can save patients up to 30 percent on the cost of LASIK or cataract surgery with premium IOLs, eyeglasses and/or prescription sunglasses. These accounts work by using tax-free money to reimburse you for out-of-pocket medical expenses. If you’re looking for a good way to budget your money for LASIK or premium IOLs and want to save a significant amount in the process, then a Flex Spending Account may be the right payment option for you.

Find out if your employer offers a Flex Spending Account that can help you pay for the cost of LASIK , premium IOLs or eyeglasses. Many companies offer this as an option in their employee benefits package at no cost to you. Consult your benefits representative for information on how to enroll. For more information on FSA accounts, click here.

Get an annual eye exam

Many eye diseases don’t present with any obvious symptoms. An annual comprehensive eye exam is necessary even if you think your eyes are healthy. And make sure a glaucoma screening is part of your exam. Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight” because it can cause vision loss before you know you have it. Don’t forget; it is a very good habit to make your annual comprehensive exam appointment every January.

Protect your eyes

If you work on a computer, make sure you take breaks throughout the day to avoid eye strain. Your eyes can become dry, irritated and red when you stare at a screen for too long. Take a 20 second break to look at something else every 20 minutes. This simple action may help prevent headaches and dry eyes.

Even though it is wintertime, you still have to protect your eyes from the sun. Make sure you have a good pair of sunglasses that filter UV light.

We are here for you

At Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, we want to make sure you start 2014 right by taking care of your vision. Call us to make an appointment at (518) 274-3123.