Save Your Vision Month & Vision Therapy

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Save Your Vision Month & Vision Therapy

  1. 1. An Independent supplement by medIAplAnet to usA todAy Conventions and events Changes are coming Vision expo east taking place this How will the Affordable weekend at the Javits Center Care Act affect you? HEALTHY VISION March 2013 & HEARING EyE on 3 thE prizE nFl superstar larryPhoto: Gene Lower / SLinGShot tIps Fitzgerald gains extra to help you see and hear better yards on the competition with vision training. Get the EyeXam App Available at the App Store or Google Play www.visionsource.com
  2. 2. 2 · mARCH 2013 An independent supplement by mediAplAnet to usA todAy CHALLENGESEach year in March, the american optometric association (aoa) we recommendcelebrates “save your Vision” month. Did you know mostAmericans consider vision the most important of the five senses?Protect and save your vision paGe 4 tips for healthier eyes and better vision.A ccording to the ronald l. lenses or eyeglasses.At this age, it’s 60s and beyond AOA’s American hopping, o.d., important to take proactive steps At this age, it’s important for Mph Eye-Q® survey, president, to protect eyesight and vision. For patients to be vigilant about seeing 51 percent of American example, eating dark leafy green their eye doctor to monitor for the optometric consumers Association vegetables and following good onset of diseases like age-related heALthY ViSion & heArinG indicate eye- nutrition guidelines can boost eye macular degeneration, cataracts tenth edition, mArch 2013 sight is the health throughout life. and glaucoma. Many of these con- publisher: nathan Sidouisense they worry most about los- ditions have no early symptoms, nathan.sidoui@mediaplanet.coming. Yet, in the hustle and bustle of and athletic activities. So much 40s and 50s developing painlessly. business developer: ian Silbert ian.silbert@mediaplanet.comlife, our vision is sometimes taken of what we learn comes through People often begin to notice vision Depending on family history and designer: Anna Staffanssonfor granted. Protecting the eyes and our eyes, so it is essential for best changes around age 40,with a prin- risk factors, your eye doctor may Managing director: Luciana colapinto luciana.colapinto@mediaplanet.comvision should be an important part classroom performance that we cipal complaint being difficulty recommend checkups more than editorial Manager: Sara Quigleyof overall health care for Americans keep a close check on vision and eye seeing while reading or doing close once a year. Early detection and sara.quigley@mediaplanet.comof all ages. coordination skills. We now know work. This normal change in the treatment is the best way to main- Contributors: Andrea Boidman, Regular eye exams and profes- that sun damage to our eyes begins eye’s focusing ability due to age tain good vision at any age Petra canan, Vincent hau, rolland L. hopping, margueritesional care should start early in life. very early in life, so remember to is called presbyopia, and will con- I know how important my eyes mcdonald, James rollinsBesides seeing your optometrist wear sunglasses to protect against tinue to increase until the mid to are to me and I hope that you will distributed within:regularly, I’ve listed some specific harmful UV radiation beginning at late 50s.Other vision changes often find valuable information in the USA today, march 2013tips that you and your family can a young age. include dry eyes; an optometrist articles included in this special this section was created by mediaplanet and did not involve USA today or itsfollow to preserve eye health and can offer suggestions or treatment vision report so that you’ll have editorial departments.vision based on your age. 20s and 30s to ease the symptoms. Adults over the knowledge to ensure a life- FoLLow US on FAceBook & twitter! facebook.com/Mediaplanetusa The eyes are generally healthy age 40 may be at risk for develop- time of healthy vision for you and twitter.com/MediaplanetusaFirst decades of life in young adults. The majority of ing eye and vision problems if your loved ones. mediaplanet’s business is to create newThis is a critical time to make sure people in their 20s or 30s can cor- they have chronic or systemic customers for our advertisers by providingeyes are developing correctly and rect vision problems by wearing conditions such as diabetes or Ronald l. Hopping readers with high-quality editorial content that motivates them to act.are ready for maximum learning12:10 PM Page 1MDPad_0113_4_Layout 1 2/26/13 corrective lenses, either contact high blood pressure. editorial@mediaplanet.com GIVE YOUR SIGHT A HAND Check your vision one eye at a time Don’t miss the warning signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) For a FREE home test for AMD, contact the Macular Degeneration Partnership contactus@amd.org 888-430-9898
  3. 3. 6 · mARCH 2013 An independent supplement by mediAplAnet to usA todAy INSPIRATION tIpBefore he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a record-setting widereceiver for the Arizona Cardinals, larry Fitzgerald waslearning to strengthen and control his vision to support 2him on and off the field. proteCt your eyes WIth sports eyeWearSeeing the bigger picturenFL superstar Larry Fitzgerald gains extra yards on the competition with vision trainingbasics of vision therapy Robert L. Johnson, an optometrist lized exercises to help him athlet- rapidly changing images toVision therapy is a type of train- in Chicago and fellow emeritus ically, the work began as a way to improve retention and simpleing that improves the control, of the College of Optometrists in strengthen Fitzgerald’s abilities hand-eye activities to strengthenfocus, movement and coordina- Vision Development (COVD), over- in school. peripheral vision. Little did hetion of the eyes. These exercises can saw his treatment during summer “It helped me to stay more know, this work would translatehelp children who are experienc- visits at the Plano Child Develop- focused and helped me academi- so well into his career with theing deficiencies in their perception ment Center, beginning at age cally,” he said. National Football League (NFL).or visual-motor skills that cannot nine in 1992. The exercises involved tools “There is definitely a connec-be corrected with glasses, contact like a Marsden Ball to help him tion between the vision therapy larry Fitzgerald enjoys himself with his family off the fieldoto:lenses, patches, or surgery. Fine-tuning better follow a moving target, a that I did as a child and my per- stephanie brown photo: stephanie brown Fitzgerald’s grandfather, Dr. While his grandfather later uti- tachistoscope which projected formance on the field, “ he said. MANUFACTURER’S COUPON EXPIRATION DATE 04/15/13 SAVE 4.00 CONSUMER: Limit one coupon per purchase specified. Coupon void if $ altered, copied, assigned, transferred or where taxed, prohibited or restricted by law. Any other use constitutes fraud. Good only in the USA. Offer valid only at participating retailers who choose to accept manufacturer’s coupons. ELIGIBILITY: Offer not valid for prescriptions reimbursed or paid under Medicare, Medicaid, or any similar federal or state healthcare program including any state medical or pharmaceutical assistance programs. Void in On ANY ONE (1) states where a third-party payer reimburses or pays you for any part of the prescription price: Massachusetts. DEALER: We wil reimburse you face REFRESH OPTIVE® value plus 8¢ handling if submitted in compliance with this offer by a retailer Advanced Product of our merchandise or clearinghouse approved by us. Consumer must pay sales tax. For payment, mail coupon to: Allergan, Inc., P.O. Box 880003, El Paso, TX 88588-0003. Invoices proving purchase of stock to cover coupons presented for redemption must be shown upon request. Cash value 1/50 cent. © 2013 Allergan, Inc. ® and ™ marks owned by Allergan, Inc. APC07IL13 030023-031004 5 00023 20093 2 MANUFACTURER’S COUPON EXPIRATION DATE 05/15/13 CONSUMER: Limit one coupon per purchase specified. Coupon void if SAVE 3.00 $ altered, copied, assigned, transferred or where taxed, prohibited or restricted Open your eyes to an advanced drop, by law. Any other use constitutes fraud. Good only in the USA. Offer valid only at participating retailers who choose to accept manufacturer’s coupons. ELIGIBILITY: Offer not valid for prescriptions reimbursed or paid under REFRESH OPTIVE® Advanced. On ANY TWO (2) Medicare, Medicaid, or any similar federal or state healthcare program including any state medical or pharmaceutical assistance programs. Void in states where a third-party payer reimburses or pays you for any part of the prescription price: Massachusetts. DEALER: We wil reimburse you face Packages of • Clinically proven to relieve dry, burning, value plus 8¢ handling if submitted in compliance with this offer by a retailer REFRESH® Brand of our merchandise or clearinghouse approved by us. Consumer must pay irritated eyes due to Dry Eye Products sales tax. For payment, mail coupon to: Allergan, Inc., P.O. Box 880003, El Paso, TX 88588-0003. Invoices proving purchase of stock to cover coupons presented for redemption must be shown upon request. Cash value 1/50 cent. • Works on all three layers of your tear film © 2013 Allergan, Inc. ® and ™ marks owned by Allergan, Inc. APC07IL13 • Protects your natural tears from evaporating 030023-031005 • Now available in a preservative-free formula No shaking required. Learn more at refreshbrand.com © 2013 Allergan, Inc. ® and ™ marks owned by Allergan, Inc. APC07IL13 5 00023 20008 6
  4. 4. An independent supplement by mediAplAnet to usA todAy us mARCH 2013 · 7 “A number of effortlessly,” he said. “The the drills in relationship I shared football camp with my grandfather reminded me cher was one I will cher- of things I did ish for as long as I in vision ther- live. We had a very apy that helped special connection.” develop reaction time, eye-hand coor- dination and visualiza- tion skills.” petRa canan Fitzgerald continued his editorial@mediaplanet.com therapy each summer until memories Fitzgerald shared 1997. He would be drafted to the with his grandfather, who NFL as the third overall pick in passed away in 2010, remain as Pro ProFiLe 2004 after a successful career at well as the lessons he learned the University of Pittsburgh that working with him during those larry Fitzgerald included a Biletnikoff Award. summers. ■ For the second consecutive “I miss my grandfather season, set a single-season- an enduring bond dearly. He had an uncanny way high and tied for the nFL lead Fitzgerald credits his career of relating to all kinds of issues. success with the work he did to He was so wise and well versed, with 13 receiving tds in 2009 improve his abilities through from scripture to politics, he ■ 7 time Pro Bowl player vision therapy. Today, the fond understood and could navigate ■ rushed for over 10,000 yards
  5. 5. 8 · mARCH 2013 An independent supplement by mediAplAnet to usA todAy NEWS As healthcare reform continues to roll out this year, there are many important options to consider — ensuring your eyesQUeStionS & AnSwerS with Andrew SerenY■ What is Computer Vision ■ are there ways to prevent are taken care of is one thing to set your sights on.syndrome (CVs)? CVs? looking at eye health throughComputer Vision Syndrome Schedule regular breaks awayrefers to a number of vision- from the desk to move muscles andrelated symptoms that are expe- refocus vision. Alternative exercises the Healthcare Reform lensrienced by those who work for at the desk can also help, such astwo or more hours a day in front turning the head side to side, roll-of a computer screen. More than ing the shoulders simultaneously W50 percent of computer users several times and extending the ith all the health needs. Why? Because certainexperience eyestrain, head- legs under the desk. Also be sure toaches, blurred vision and other refocus the eyes by looking at sev- benefit choices health conditions, like diabe-visual symptoms related to eral objects at different distances available soon tes and high cholesterol, can besustained use of the computer. around the room.The adjustment through insur- detected through an eye examTypical symptoms are difficulty of the screen brightness and con- ance exchanges, before other symptoms appearmaintaining clear focus of the trast will also help to make it easier where does eye health fit in? — this allows for early treatmentscreen image, burning or itchy for the eye to view the screen over Eyecare professionals encourage and care, saving you and youreyes,dry,sandy feeling in the eyes. a long period of time. patients to receive a comprehen- employer on insurance costs. sive eye exam annually, even if Eye exams are also closely con- editorial@mediaplanet.com you don’t have vision correction nected with learning. More than “ ©2013 Vision Service Plan. All rights reserved. As a private, not-for-profit, community-based company, our mission is to help people see. When a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy occurs, that mission becomes our driving force. – Rob Lynch, President and CEO, VSP Global® See the impact.
  6. 6. An independent supplement by mediAplAnet to usA todAy mARCH 2013 · 9 tips to keep in mind when making your decision:60 percent of children with learn-ing problems have undiagnosed 1 2 3 4vision issues. Vision plans are anaffordable way to make sure youget regular eye exams. As the Affordable Care Actmoves forward and millionsbegin to make decisions about Currently Choosing an supplementaltheir healthcare needs, don’t Covered eye doctor Coverage plan optionsforget to include a vision ben-efit. “Eye exams are important Already enrolled in a vision whichever vision insurance one of the covered benefits Stand-alone vision plans – plan through your employer plan you choose, check in the exchanges will be which offer vision coveragefor your health and should not or one that you purchased with your eye doctor to pediatric vision care. if on their own withoutbe overlooked when considering yourself? more than 100 ensure he or she is part your kids need additional bundling it into other medi-your insurance needs,” said VSP of that network. or, if you coverage, take a look at cal insurance – is an option million people in the U.S.Vision Care provider Dr. Michael have a vision benefit through don’t have a preferred eye what’s offered as supple- you should consider whenDitkowsky of Nationwide Vision a stand-alone vision plan. doctor, check the network mental care. this is also selecting your benefit. theyCenter in Commack, N.Y. “Annual there’s no need to do of doctors on the plan the place where you’ll find offer a wide selection ofeye exams can detect health anything if you currently you intend to purchase an option to select adult independent eyecareproblems you may have not been have coverage that works to make sure the choice vision care. providers, and membersaware of, providing an opportu- for you. meets your needs. tend to use thetir benefitnity for early treatment and man- more often – this providesagement of chronic diseases.” multiple benefits for a person’s overall health. editorial@mediaplanet.com Because You Are Unique. U e. Menicon Unique pH® - For today’s Gas Permeable lenses. FREE Unique pH adjusts to the natural tear pH of your eyes for easy lens handling and wearing LENS comfort. Use daily to clean, condition, and disinfect your gas permeable contact lenses. CASE Available through your eye care professional. Also online at walgreens.com and drugstore.com © 2013 Menicon Co. Ltd. For questions call 1.800.MENICON

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