Have You Used Your 2018 Benefits?


It’s almost December! Have you used your 2018 Vision Care, and/or FSA benefits?

Many vision benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSA) offer benefits that expire at the end of every year. This means that if you do not USE the money by the end of your benefits year (usually December 31st) you will LOSE it. In most cases, unused benefits cannot be transferred over to the New Year (usually beginning January 1st).

Most vision insurance plans entitle you to annual comprehensive eye examination and either an allowance or discounts toward eyewear or contact lenses each year.

Have you taken advantage of these benefits this year?

If you are not sure of the date of your last comprehensive eye examination, please call or text us at (206)217-2015 and we can look it up for you.

The end of the year is often the busiest time for optometrists and optical shops. Schedule your exam early, stop by anytime to pick out your next pair of eyeglasses and/or call to order a supply of contact lenses before time runs out!

Contact Lens Discomfort?

Ever feel like something’s not quite right with your contact lenses? If so, you’re not alone. Plenty of people who wear contacts experience contact lens discomfort at some point.

Episodes of contact lens discomfort usually does not mean you no longer are a good candidate for contact lenses or that you have to permanently stop wearing contacts. It’s likely that a simple change to your lenses, care products or daily habits will make your contact lenses much more comfortable.

Detection And Treatment Of Contact Lens Discomfort
To determine the specific causes of your contact lens discomfort and appropriate remedies, you need to see your optometrist. A visit to your eye doctor also will rule out the possibility that your discomfort indicates a more serious underlying problem.

Remove your contact lenses and visit your eye doctor if:

  • Eyes stinging, burning, itching (irritation), or other eye pain
  • Comfort is less than when lens was first placed on eye
  • Abnormal feeling of something in the eye (foreign body, scratched area)
  • Excessive watering (tearing) of the eyes
  • Unusual eye secretions
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Reduced sharpness of vision (poor visual acuity)
  • Blurred vision, rainbows, or halos around objects
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Dry eyes

Remember: If your eyes don’t feel good, look good, or see well, you need a checkup by an eye care professional. Sometimes a minor contact lens irritation, if left untreated, can develop into a more serious problem — occasionally one that can be sight-threatening.

Your eyes change, contacts lenses that worked for you before, may not work for you now. Ask your eye doctor about new types of contact lenses and/or cleaning solutions that can relieve discomfort, and improve your vision.

Contact Lenses & Presbyopia

Is your vision with your current contacts not as clear at all distances as it was before? Are you having difficulty reading smaller print or seeing in low light? Are you finding yourself holding objects further>>>>away to see them clearly? Have you enlarged the text on your digital devices?

Now with multifocal contact lenses for presbyopia, you may be able to stay in contact lenses longer, without compromising vision or comfort. The result is balanced vision near, far and in-between, across variable lighting conditions, along with remarkable comfort — even in challenging environments that can make your eyes feel tired and dry. Make an appointment today to see if multifocal contact lenses are right for you!