February Is Low Vision Awareness Month

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Each month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes an observance dedicated to eye health. This month’s awareness is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month or Low Vision Awareness Month.

According to the AAO, “Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) causes blindness among older Americans.”

Risk Factors

  • First, age. Again, more than two million Americans over the age of 50.
  • Secondly, genetics. Your family history plays a big part in this.
  • Third, smoking. Smoking increases your risk of damaging the optic nerve.
  • Fourth, other eye conditions.
  • Fifth, systemic diseases.
  • Sixth, gender.
  • Seventh, race.
  • Finally, UV light.

Risks Associated with Computers

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) causes visual stress. It’s a combination of symptoms, including fluctuating vision, tired eyes, dry eyes, headache, and fatigue.

Have you heard about blue light? High-energy visible light called blue light is from LED screens of computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices. This could increase a person’s risk of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration later on.

Treatment During Low Vision Awareness Month

Depending on the type of macular denegeration, your optometrist has treatment options. Therefore, use your vision plan to schedule an eye exam TODAY!

Get a Vision Plan for Annual Exams

Here at Argus, we offer the Freedom and Master Plan Vision Plans. The Freedom Vision Plan is available to Freedom Dental Plan members.

First, the plans are affordable. The Freedom starts at $2.74 per month.

Second, with a hassle-free vision plan, there’s no waiting periods, no claims and no deductibles.

Third, Freedom Vision Plan Members have access to over 1,000 Quality In-Network Providers, as well as discounts on Lasik and Sunwear.

On the other hand, the Master Plan Vision Rider is available to current Master Plan Dental members only. The rider offers basic eye care savings and additional savings on Contact Lens Ordering and Lasik Vision Correction.

With three different co-payment options available, and a 15% discount on most services, the Master Plan Vision Rider offers the flexibility you deserve.

The first co-payment option starts at $3.95 per month, the second at $3.35 per month, and the third starts at $2.74 per month.

In conclusion, if you have any questions regarding vision benefits, reach out to an Argus team member TODAY. We’d be happy to help you choose the best plan.