Changes are coming to health care laws that will limit the amount you can contribute to your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Currently most employers allow you to put up to $5000 in a pre-tax FSA which provides significant savings on high dollar health care costs such as Lasik. However, beginning in 2013 you will be limited to $2500. If you are planning on having Lasik and have an FSA account through your employer take advantage of it now! See the following article in Forbes magazine: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2011/10/20/last-chance-orthodontia-or-lasik-up-to-40-off/
A team from Southwest Eye Care recently returned from a medical mission to Huehuetenango Guatemala. Thanks to the generous support of Dr Gregory A. Stainer they were able to care for over 300 patients. They treated many eye infections, glaucoma and a variety of other conditions. They also gave away nearly 270 pairs of glasses that were donated by the amazing patients of SWEC and the Oildale office. The people welcomed them with graciousness and warmth.
Their experience also drives home the importance of proper eye protection to prevent and treat eye exposure. So many of the people in that area have long term exposure to wind, dust, and smoke. If you have dry eye it is very important to wear proper eye wear when outdoors to protect against excessive tear evaporation. Good coverage sunglasses goes a long way towards helping maintain good eye health.