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How to find an eye care provider that's right for you

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Finding a health care provider to take care of your eyes is important. Convenience and insurance coverage are two points to consider along with whether the eye care professional meets your health needs.

Here are a few tips from the National Eye Institute for finding a local professional to provide your eye care:

1. Ask family members and friends about eye care professionals they use.

2. Ask your family doctor for the name of a local eye care specialist.

3. Call the department of ophthalmology or optometry at a nearby hospital or university medical center.

4. Contact a state or county association of ophthalmologists or optometrists.

These groups, usually called academies or societies, may have lists of eye care professionals with specific information on specialty and experience.

5. Contact your insurance company or health plan to learn whether it has a list of eye care professionals who are covered under your plan.

6. Visit a local bookstore or library for journals and books about selecting a physician and medical treatment.

A library reference specialist can help you identify books on finding healthcare professionals.

Visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/findprofessional.asp for additional recommendations and resources.

Locally, a listing of eye care professionals is available at: http://huntingtonheralddispatch.wv.newsmemory.com/special.php?pSetup=huntingtonheralddispatch_health

Healthy Habits 2013 is a partnership among Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and St. Mary's Medical Center. We are a community working together to improve our health. Our goal is a simple one; to inform and encourage area residents on ways to improve their health. Join our conversation and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/healthyhabits2013.

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