Here’s looking at you, kid

April 2014

Vision is an integral part of our daily lives. We use our eyes for everything we do, including reading, watching television, driving a car and using computers.

The American Optometric Association recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 60 undergo an eye exam once every two years, and that those over 60 have annual exams.1 Individuals whose vision is at risk may need to have their eyes checked more frequently, and should take extra precaution to protect their vision both at home and the workplace.

Eye care can be expensive, which is why it’s important to critically examine vision coverage options. Smart shoppers will look for policies that provide basic benefits, such as eye exams, prescription glasses and contact lenses, as well as cash benefits for eye diseases, surgery and even permanent vision impairment.

Given that eye problems present major concerns and potential costs, encourage your employees to safeguard their vision both at home and at the office with three simple steps:

  1. Wear protective eyewear: When workplaces suggest or require wearing safety goggles or glasses, do so.
  2. Look away from the computer: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eye strain: Every 20 minutes, lift your eyes from the screen and look 20 feet ahead for 20 seconds.
  3. Eat healthy on breaks and at lunch: Most people know that carrots are good for their eyes, but dark leafy greens such as collard greens, kale and spinach are beneficial too. High in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon, tuna and halibut also promote better eyesight.
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1 American Optometric Association, “Recommended Eye Examination Frequency for Pediatric Patients and Adults,” accessed Nov. 27, 2013
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