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Life-long Vision Health

Maintaining Eye Health is important—according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction.  Beyond corrective action for vision impaired adolescents, regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving life-long vision health.


Eye Care Best Practice for At-Risk Groups


 

Children | Vision Health

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children have their eyes checked by a pediatrician at the following ages:


Newborn

All babies should have their eyes checked for infections, defects, cataracts, or glaucoma before leaving the hospital. This is especially true for premature babies, babies who were given oxygen for an extended period, and babies with multiple medical problems.


By 6 months of age

As part of each well-child visit,eye health, vision development, and alignment of the eyes should be checked.


1 to 2 years of age:  

Photo screening devices can be used to start detecting potential eyes problems.


3 to 4 years of age:  

Eyes and vision should be checked for any abnormalities that may cause problems with later development.


5 years and older:  

Vision in each eye should be checked separately every year. If a problem is found during routine eye exams, your child's doctor may have your child see a pediatric eye specialist (ophthalmologist) who is an eye doctor trained and experienced in the care of children's eye problems.

Fidelis Care is committed to providing quality, and affordable Eye Care-integrated health plans for its members

 

Diabetes | Vision Health

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Over time, high blood sugar can damage the tiny blood vessels in your eyes. To maintain your vision health, practice these five tips to take charge of your disease and protect your eyes:


Annual Appointments

By scheduling at least once a year, your eye doctor may be able to identify problems early on and effectively treat it. Frequently, your eye doctor will use special drops to dilate your pupils and check the blood vessels in your eyes for early signs of damage.


Control your Blood Sugar Levels 

Through monitoring and routine management of your blood sugar levels, you can slow any damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes. You should also have an A1c blood test several times each year. Results should be around 7% or less.


Eat for Wellness:  

A healthy diet is one of the most effective way to maintain your overall health - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. If that is a big transformation for you, you can get support and meal plans from a nutritionist. You can also ask your doctor’s advice about when you should eat, as well as the acceptable caloric intake if you’re take insulin.


Monitor your Blood Pressure :  

If you have high blood pressure and diabetes, you need to be even more careful about your health, as high pressure has also been linked eye disease. Monitor your blood pressure frequently - for most individuals with diabetes, it should be less than 130/80.


Physical Activity:  

Exercise can have a big influence on blood sugar for diabetics. If you use insulin or medication to lower your blood sugar, ask your doctor when you should monitor your levels before and during your workouts.

Fidelis Care is committed to providing affordable, and accommodating health plans for New York State residents living with Diabetes.

If you notice any eye problems, don't wait. Visit your eye doctor right away. 

For more information, including helpful videos, visit our complete list of Eyes and Vision resources at our partnered Healthwise webpage HERE

For external Eye Care resources, use our recommended links below.


Recommended Eye Care Resources


Vision Health Initiative (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Vision and Eye Health (New York State Department of Health)


Keep Your Eyes Healthy (National Eye Institute)


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