November 2020 Highlights
We cover LASIK and flex spending, UV 400 protection for the eyes, monovision LASIK and side effects of daily face mask use in this month’s In Focus Newsletter.
It’s Flexible Spending Time!
LASIK and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s)
If you’re thinking about LASIK and are lucky enough to have an FSA (Flexible Spending Account), you’ll need to contribute to the account soon in order to use those dollars in 2021.
This Month’s Featured Eye Health Tip
Wearing sunglasses shouldn’t be limited to sunny days.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can penetrate cloud cover. UV rays can cause both short and long term eye damage. Wearing sunglasses with a UV400 protective coating when outdoors, even when it’s cloudy, can help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays.
“Will LASIK help me if I only need reading glasses?”
If you qualify for LASIK, monovision may be an option for you. With LASIK monovision correction, patients are able to improve their near vision and decrease dependency on reading glasses.
New on the Blog
Is Your Face Mask Causing Your Eyes to Feel Dry and Irritated?
If you feel as if your eyes have been more dry and irritated over the past several months, you’re not alone. Researchers at the University of Utah have found that daily face mask use may be exacerbating the symptoms of dry eye. Eye practitioners have seen a significant increase in cases of dry eye since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, which include patients who never had dry eyes prior to the pandemic. These practitioners have attributed this rise in cases to regular face mask wear and have termed this phenomenon Mask-Associated Dry Eye (MADE).