Author: Susan Shoptaugh

6 Contact Lens Hygiene Tips to Actually Follow

To My Fellow Contact Lens Wearers: For those of us who wear contact lenses on a routine basis, do you recall the steps for removing your lenses correctly? “Start by washing your hands with soap and water, and dry them with a clean, lint-free towel. Then remove your contact from your eye, hold it in your palm and rub the lens with solution to remove any debris. After the lens is clean, take your clean, dry case and fill it with fresh solution before putting the lens into the case and screwing the lid on tight.” To those of...

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States with the Worst Vision Health

Where Does Your State Fall on the List? Though vision problems can affect anyone, no matter what state they live in, there are some states where people are more at risk for cataracts, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Top 5 States with the Highest Prevalence of Cataracts: 1. Florida 2. North Dakota 3. Iowa 4. South Dakota 5. Pennsylvania A cataract limits the amount of light that passes through the lens of your eye and is often described as a clouding of the lens. While most cataracts are age-related, researchers believe that smoking and diabetes can also...

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What to Expect During a Root Canal Treatment

If you’ve never had a root canal before, here’s what you should know. Root canal treatments are feared by many, however, the treatment will relieve pain and save your smile, and is often performed painlessly. What is the root canal? Essentially, the root canal is the tooth’s center, which lies below the gum line and runs down the length of the tooth. The American Association of Endodontists defines the inner chamber above the root as the pulp chamber, which is filled with soft tissue. This soft tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help the root of...

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Dealing with a Claim? Here’s How to Navigate.

Follow These Tips to Navigate Dental Insurance Claims With Ease We get dozens of questions every day from dental insurance customers about how claims are processed and how they can save more on their dental costs. To get a clear understanding, I went to the Starmount director of dental and vision claims Julie Estess. Here’s what she had to say. When Does the Claims Process Start? Surprisingly, the claims process can start as early as when you choose your dentist. The key to having lower out-of-pocket fees for dental work starts when you choose an in-network or out-of-network dentist....

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Struggling to Understand Your Insurance Bill?

Here’s a useful analogy to help you understand how your dental insurance works. Imagine you’re enjoying a peaceful afternoon at home when a pipe bursts in your home and water starts leaking from your ceiling. You call a plumber and ask that they come out as soon as possible; your next call is to your home insurance company. You review your policy with an insurance representative who tells you that, based on your plan and situation, they will cover up to $500 in repair costs. The insurance company recommends a plumber in your area that they regularly work with...

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