Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a tax-advantaged financial account set up through the cafeteria plan of an employer in the United States. An FSA allows an employee to set aside a portion of his or her earnings to pay for qualified expenses as established in the cafeteria plan, most commonly for medical expenses but often for dependent care or other expenses. Money deducted from an employ...
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The Backlash Against Eye Doctor Only Contacts

Team of young doctors
By Rhonda L. Rundle, The Wall Street Journal When Jane Holeywell tried to refill her 19-year-old son's contact-lens prescription, she was mystified that she couldn't find the lenses online or at Wal-Mart where she usually shops. She had purchased an initial three-month supply last year from the family eye doctor who wrote the prescription, but she didn't want to pay his high prices when the tim...
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Smoking – Yet Another Reason to Quit the Habit

There is soon to be another health warning message on cigarette packets urging people to give up the habit - blindness. Whilst we have been aware for years that smoking can clog up the blood vessels, including those of the eyes, new evidence now shows that smoking significantly increases the chance of the two commonest causes of blindness in the elderly-cataracts and degeneration of the macula...
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Progressive Lens Design

Progressive Contact lenses
Progressive lenses are by far one of the most complex lenses on the market. This often leaves the patient begging to know what the difference is between brands and designs. What all progressive lenses have in common is a distance section towards the top of the lens, a reading section towards the bottom nasal area of the lens, and connecting these two is an intermediate corridor. On either s...
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Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA – H.R. 3140)

One Hundred Eighth Congressof theUnited States of AmericaAT THE FIRST SESSIONBegun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the seventh day of January, two thousand and three An Act To provide for availability of contact lens prescriptions to patients, and for other purposes.   Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Con...
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2005 Update: Contact Lens Materials and Designs

Contact lens manufacturers are continually developing new lens materials and designs to enable more people to enjoy contact lens wear.  Here's an update on the some of the newer contact lenses on the market and their features and benefits.   Soft LensesExtreme H2O (Hydrogel Vision Corp.)Extreme H2O lenses resist dehydration and stay moist and comfortable on the eye longer than other so...
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Transitions Optical Introduces Faster Photochromic Lenses

Transitions Optical, Inc. - the worldwide leader in photochromic eyeglass lenses that adjust automatically to different lighting conditions - announces they have introduced a new, faster-changing lens that becomes clear indoors in less than half the time it takes for the tint in previous photochromic lenses to fade. The new lens - Transitions(R) V lenses with ESP(TM) - is available in lightwe...
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Varilux Introduces New Progressive Lens for Bifocal Wearers

As we age, we eventually lose our ability to focus on near objects.  This loss of focusing ability - called presbyopia - usually becomes apparent when we reach our mid-forties.  If you already wear eyeglasses when presbyopia occurs, your eye doctor will prescribe multifocal lenses to correct your vision.  Multifocal lenses have different powers in different parts of the lens to enab...
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AAA Offers Home-Based Vision Test for Senior Drivers

Home-Based Vision Test for Senior Drivers
The American Automobile Association (AAA), as part of its "Lifelong Safe Mobility" initiative, has developed a first-of-its kind tool to help seniors self-assess their visual acuity and other abilities important for safe driving.   Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer, is a CD-ROM that measures visual acuity, head/neck flexibility, short-term memory and five other physical...
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New Glaucoma Surgery Approved

On October 1, 2004, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new surgical procedure for glaucoma that is faster, less invasive and safer than current surgical procedures.   The new procedure - called transciliary filtration (TCF) - reduced pressure inside the eye by creating a tiny opening, or micropore, in the sclera and underlying ciliary body to allowintraocular fluid to escape t...
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