Boise, Idaho says their mission is to “Make Boise the Most Livable City in the Country.” With beautiful scenery, a multitude of outdoor activities to participate in and fair temperatures, the city is full of greatness. Maybe it comes from the crisp, clean air but the citizens are also aware of the importance of good health. The results of the 2013 Eye Health Index* revealed Boise City, Idaho as the top city where more residents took care of their eyes in 2012! Way to go Boise City!
This news is exciting because it means two things:
- People are practicing good self-care (and you know I am all about the importance of that!)
- VSP (www.vsp.com), the largest not-for-profit vision benefits company in the United States with 59 million members, is doing a great job of educating individuals and families of the importance of eye exams!
The Top 10 2013 Eye Healthy Regions in the United States:
1. Boise, Idaho
2. Sacramento, Calif.
3. Oklahoma City-Tulsa, Okla.
4. Wichita, Kan.
5. Columbus, OH
6. Des Moines, Iowa
7. Birmingham, Ala.1
8. Denver, Colo.
9. Raleigh, N.C.
10. Bay Area, Calif.
In addition to helping identify vision correction needs, eye exams also help ensure that the eyes and body are healthy, as eye doctors are often first to detect signs of serious health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
“VSP Vision Care travels around the country, with programs like Eye on Diabetes, to help educate people about the importance of eyecare, so we’re thrilled to see some of the cities that we have visited make this year’s list,” said Susan Egbert, director of eye health strategies at VSP Vision Care. “We commend everyone who took part in ensuring that this important exam is part of everyone’s healthcare routine.”
VSP shares, “Eye doctors can detect signs of diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension—which currently affect more than 140 million people in the United States (according to the Center for Disease Control)—before any other healthcare provider up to 65 percent of the time. This is due to the fact that an eye exam provides the only non-invasive, unobstructed view of a person’s blood vessels. Through early disease detection and treatment, eye exams are an inexpensive and effective method for consumers to have an opportunity to enter the healthcare system earlier.”
- Since its inception in 2010, more than 4,000 people have been helped in 14 states through the VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign.
- More than 50 VSP doctors and optometry students who have participated in the campaign have identified both serious eye and general health-related conditions in patients.
- More than 200 people have been referred to a medical professional for additional treatment.
- The VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign was created in response to the increasing spread of diabetes with over 25 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with the disease and another 79 million people who have prediabetes or at risk.
One more quick shout out: The Healthy Eye Index analysis showed that women, who are statistically at a greater risk for eye-related diseases, take a more concerted effort to care for their eyes. Women go to the eye doctor 28 percent more than men and represent 60 percent of the eye exam claim analyzed. Way to go, ladies!
What can you do to help your city be on the Top 10 List next year and, more importantly, check your health?
Join VSP and get an eye exam! Find a local VSP doctor.
It is really important to take care of yourself. I can’t emphasize that enough. You can’t care for your family properly if you are not healthy. Please, head to your local eye doctor and get checked! Take your kids along too! They need to be checked as well. The letter chart test done at the pediactrician or in the nurses’ office at school is not enough. Recently, my entire family went in for eye exams. We discovered that my son’s distance vision is quite poor. He picked up a pair of glasses after that exam. I also came home with a prescription for reading glasses. Thankfully, no other problems were detected.
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*The Eye Health Index reviews tens of millions of VSP claims from more than 100 geographic areas across the country to identify which cities and regions are the most focused on maintaining their eye health.
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