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Three Good Ways To Use Up Your Flexible Spending Health Dollars On Eye Care Needs

The year is coming to an end, and for many employees, that means you only have a little time to use up all of the funds in your healthcare flexible spending account before they go away. Don't let those dollars go to waste! This year, use them to better your eye health care. Here are three ideas to get you started.

Purchase some UV-blocking sunglasses.

Not all sunglasses are created equal. If you're wearing a cheap pair from a discount store or department store, chances are good that they're not blocking UV rays from reaching your eyes. UV exposure increases your risk of ocular cancer and other eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Use your flexible spending dollars on a good pair of UV-blocking sunglasses from your eye doctor's office. Whether you need prescription lenses or non-prescription lenses, your optician can help you find a pair that fits your face well. This is an investment that will pay you back for years to come with better eye health as you age.

Stock up on contact lenses.

If your contact prescription has not changed in a while, chances are good that it's not going to change in the next year or two, either. So use those extra flexible spending dollars to stock up on lenses for the next few years. You often get a better deal on contacts when you buy in bulk rather than buying a box at a time, so your dollars will go far. Just note that in order to use your flexible spending dollars, you are often required to buy the contacts from your eye doctor rather than an outside retailer.

Buy some computer glasses.

If you're one of the many thousands of Americans who spend their days in front of a computer screen, then you may be suffering from headaches, eye strain, and even blurry vision from the glare. Turning your screen brightness down only does so much. However, many opticians sell computer glasses, which are similar to sunglasses but are designed to block the unique, irritating wavelengths emitted by computer screens. Buy a pair with your flexible spending dollars, and you'll be saving yourself years of tired eyes in the evening.

If you're not sure how to use up your flexible spending dollars, give an eye doctor from a clinic like Olympia Eye Clinic, Inc., P.S. a call. They may have other suggestions for purchases that will benefit your unique eye health. And you can always just treat yourself to a new pair of designer glasses frames!