3 Things You Need to Know About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very complicated eye disease that can lead to permanent vision loss, or even blindness. It is important for you to understand the following things about glaucoma:

Pressure in Your Eye is Not the Only Factor in Diagnosing Glaucoma

Many people believe “if my eye pressure is OK than I do not have glaucoma”.  This is not true. Glaucoma is a complex disease to diagnose. The best way to determine if you have glaucoma is through a series of tests including eye pressure, optic nerve evaluation, peripheral and central field evaluation, and corneal thickness measurement. A series of digital images of your optic nerves is also key to diagnosis.

Risk Factors are Important in Diagnosis Glaucoma

There are a number of factors that can help determine your personal risk for developing glaucoma. Among them are the following:

  • Age – glaucoma is more common as we age, particularly over 65 years;

  • Race – African-Amercans and Hispanics have a higher incidence of glaucoma believed to be due to the increased pigment in their eyes;

  • Family Member – having a blood relative with glaucoma increases your risk;

  • Diabetes and High Blood Pressure – there is an increase in glaucoma in individuals with one or both of these conditions;

  • Eye Trauma – injury to your eyes can cause damage to the tissues controlling eye pressure.

Glaucoma Can Only Be Diagnosed by Your Eye Doctor

There are few signs or symptoms for glaucoma. In fact, one of the nicknames for glaucoma is “sneak thief of sight”. Only a comprehensive eye exam by your eye doctor can determine whether or not you have glaucoma. With this in mind, I recommend an eye exam every year, particularly for anyone over 45. It’s an inexpensive way to make sure your sight is not at risk.

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Buy Your New Glasses at Moody Eyes

Warby Parker has repeatedly asked, “Why do glasses cost as much as your iPhone?

We agree! Here we give you 7 reasons to buy your new glasses at Moody Eyes:

#1-Your glasses will not cost as much as your iPhone or Android:

  • According to Lifewire.com, in 2018 new iPhones cost between $449 (iPhone 7) and $1,449 (XS Max)
  • At Moody Eyes our glasses start at $125, including frames, SV lenses, scratchguard, and AR Non-Glare coating (a $45-90 value)
    • No-line progressives lenses are just $240
    • Polarized prescription sunglasses are only $55 more

#2-You will be able to maximize your vision benefits:

  • We are providers for VSP, Eyemed, Spctera, Davis, and many others
  • Medicare vision coverage for eye exams and glasses (where applicable)
  • Mediaid – VSP and Envolve plans

#3-You will have a wonderful selection of frames to choose from:

  • We specialize in independent brands that give you great styles and quality at a much better price

#4-You will have a 1-Year Warranty

#5-You will have your glasses back quickly

  • We own our own lab so your glasses can be made accurately…even for many vision plans

#6-You have 3 Convenient Locations from which to choose

  • Southside-Greenwood near Community South Hospital
  • Downtown in the Salesforce Tower
  • Northside just East of the Green Bridge near Keystone Fashion Mall

#7-You will be supporting “Buy Local” and “Shop Small”

  • We are owned, operated, and employ locally…buying from us supports our community.

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Buy Your Contact Lens at Moody Eyes

Patients regularly ask us for their contact lens prescription so they can order online and “save money”. They assume online is cheaper.
How do know you are paying the lowest price per box? We save you money in the following ways:
  • By maximizing your vision benefits…we file this for you
  • By buying an annual supply to take advantage of manufacturer’s rebates
  • By gettting FREE shipping to your home, office…or your mom

Here are two examples…let us calculate yours…

Daily Lens Example

$552 – for an annual supply (8 boxes) of Clariti 1-Days
  • -$150 – your vision benefits
  • $402 – your out-of-pocket expense
  • -$200 – manufacturer’s rebate only available at doctor offices

Your Net Cost: $202 = $25.25 per box

Monthly Lens Example

  • $208 – for annual supply (4 boxes) of Biofinity monthly lenses
  • -$150 – your vision benefits
  • $58 – out-of-pocket
  • -$30 – manufacturer’s rebate

Your Net Cost: $28 = $7.00 per box

If you will take the time to compare you will find Moody Eyes is usually your best deal on contact lenses.

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How to Adjust to No-Line Progressive Bifocals

Using these tips to better understand how to adjust to no-line progressive bifocals can make it easier to enjoy your new glasses. Keep in mind that, after over 20-years of explaining this to patients, it still took me 3 days to get used to my first pair.

Tip #1 – You will need to look through the correct area of the lens

Progressive Lens Design

The picture to the left shows how your prescription is arranged vertically in the lens. The wide dark blue area at the top is for seeing objects at a distance. The power then gradually changes through the “intermediate corridor” to the reading portion at the bottom. The light blue areas to the sides are used primarily for peripheral vision. The first thing you will need to learn is to move your head and your eyes up and down to find the clearest vision. This will seem natural with time.

Tip #2 – You will need to move your head side-to-side more

One new habit you may need to learn is to turn your head when looking side-to-side:

  • Hold your forefingers up about 3 feet apart.
  • Look from finger to finger
  • You should move your head, keeping your eyes straight, instead of just turning your eyes.

Tip #3 – Be Patient – It Can Take Time

Some patients expect immediate results from their new progressive lenses. While occasionally this happens, the more common experience is the vision gets better over the first few days to a week. I tell patients to wear their new no-line progressives for a week and then, if they are still having issues, to schedule a follow-up visit. Even if you have worn progressives previously a new prescription can take some time for you to get totally comfortable.

How to Adjust to No-Line Progressive Lenses is Worth the Effort

Although few of us look forward to getting older and wearing bifocals, using these tips for how to adjust to no-line progressive bifocals can make the transition easier. In the end,  your vision will almost always be clearer than with store-bought “cheaters” and you will perform visual tasks with greater comfort and less strain.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Vision Insurance

Vision insurance can be very complicated with some carriers have over 100 different plans. We have helped thousands of patients navigate through their benefits to get the best possible deal on glasses, contact lenses, and eye care. Therefore, here are 5 things you need to know about your vision insurance.

#1 – “Covered” does not mean “Paid For”

All insurance plans will provide a list of “covered” benefits. In vision care, this list could include your eye exam, contact lens evaluation and fitting, frames, lenses, and lens options. This does not mean the vision plan is going to pay for these benefits. Typically, there is a contracted co-pay or deductible you will be responsible for paying before the vision plan pays their portion, just like with health insurance.

#2 – Your Vision Plan may be different from your friend’s

Vision plan companies like VSP, EyeMed, and Superior, have many different policies they sell. Even within your company there may be different plans for various employee categories. We will pull your benefits so we both know exactly what is covered.

#3 – Moody Eyes did not negotiate your benefits

Your vision benefits were negotiated between your HR department and the insurance company. We provide you with vision care under your policy. We will be happy to show your negotiated policy benefits and help you maximize them.

#4 – Your Vision Plan may not be your best value

Some vision policies have great benefits…some do not. We will help you compare our Vision Club pricing to help you get your best value.

#5 – Your Vision Plan may not cover online purchases

Most vision plans are designed to be used in person. Online companies are not participating providers. This means typically you will have to pay and then file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. This is usually at a lower rate than if you use your vision benefits with us.

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4 Things You Need to Know When Buying Glasses

Buying glasses can be very confusing. Because many optical retailers advertise a low price and then sell you options with high pressure, here are 4 things you need to know about buying eyeglasses.

#1 – Buy One – Get One Free is not a deal

Of course, you know the second one is not really “free”. The cost of both pairs is built into the price of the first pair. Then they charge you for every option, often for each pair.. It is easy to spend more than you would for two pairs at Moody Eyes.

#2 – 50% OFF is not really 50% OFF

When an eyeglass store or online retailer regularly promotes big discounts then you can be sure their initial “list” price is much higher than it needs to be. Buying glasses at one of these “sales” is another easy way to pay more than you should.

#3 – Costco and Sam’s Club are Not Always Your Best Value

While warehouse stores might seem to be cheap because they have low priced frames, you will often pay more for lenses than at Moody Eyes. They also will charge you more for lens options. It’s often not your best value when you total you price out-the-door.

#4 – Buying Glasses should be as easy as 1-2-3

Moody Eyes pricing is based on how Subway and other sandwich shops work:

  1. Choose a frame
  2. Select a lens
  3. Choose your lens options

Simple and straightforward.

  • Our lenses are a higher index which makes them lighter, thinner, and clearer.  Plus, our lenses include scratch protection and premium non-glare coatings. at no additional charge. These will be an additional cost at most other eyeglass stores.
  • We specialize in independent frame brands that give you style and quality at a great price. Plus, all of our frames come with a one year warranty included.

With 3 convenient locations to serve you in Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, Center Grove, Fishers, and surrounding areas.

Next time you are shopping for new glasses, keep these 4 things you need to know about buying eyeglasses in mind.

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