Summer Eye Care Tips with an FSA

As the summer gets going, we're all caught up in enjoying more time outdoors, or planning our weekends with family and friends. But, during that time, we should also think about health - and eye health is one that can be overlooked, but shouldn't be. Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) can help you monitor your vision through annual eye exams, and by letting you shop for prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and contact lens care and various eye care accessories.

A post by WebMD dedicated to eye health shares important eye care tips for the summer. At FSA Store, you can shop for different eye care products and learn about covered medical services related to eye care by browsing our Eligibility List.

1. Protect your eyes from dangerous UVA and UVB rays. WebMD cautions that summer is the time to take extra care of your eyes to protect them from harmful UVA and UVB rays. While regular sunglasses are not covered by your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), if you wear prescription sunglasses (that help a medical condition), you can shop for these with your FSA. It's also important to make sure you cover up your eyes by wearing additional protection like hat, and this is vital if you have kids, too.

2. Protect your eyes during yard work and while playing sports. If you plan to work on your yard (even mowing grass), make sure to wear adequate goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris. Sports with smaller balls (baseball, for example) are more prone to causing eye injuries, WebMD noted.

3. Protect your eyes from chemicals in water. It's inevitable that If you're jumping into a pool and your eyes begin to sting, it's good to rinse them out with clean water. Avoid wearing contact lenses in the pool. You can safely store your contact lenses in this protective case.

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How to use an FSA for other vision expenses:

Eye Care Services covered by a pre-tax FSA:

  1. Eye exams are covered by your Flex Spending Accounts(co-pays and deductibles), but will also reveal important details about your eye health. Make sure to tell the doctor if you're experiencing any more frequent headaches or blurry vision.
  2. LASIKcould be covered by Flex Spending Accounts, as well. But, if you're not sure if it will be by your FSA, it's good to ask your FSA administrator, who can tell you about guidelines for your plan.

Shop for Eye Care Products.Use your Flex Spending Account to shop for eye care products including prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and their applicable accessories.

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Or, shop the Eye Care bundlefor a variety of eye care needs!