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Take advantage of your vision benefits

Take advantage of your vision benefits

Start your summer with the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses! Do you wear contacts? We have those too!

Right now is the perfect time for graduate and international students to take advantage of their vision benefits through WSU student insurance. Our vision clinic is open all summer long and ready to help you!

Your $200 hardware benefit can go towards glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses. We even have a Cougar Package that includes selected frames, single vision polycarbonate lenses, and an anti-reflective coating for $200.

If you don’t have a vision prescription, it’s still important to visit your eye doctor every one to two years.

Have any questions about your insurance benefit? Please feel free to contact us. To book your appointment, call or schedule online through our Patient Portal.

Ray-Ban sale event Oct. 12

Ray-Ban Sale Event Oct. 12

Join our vision clinic staff for a special sale event just for WSU students!

Ray-Ban Sale Event
Wednesday, October 12
CUE Atrium
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

We’ll have over 200 different styles of Ray-Ban frames and sunglasses for you to try on. If you find something you like, we can order it for you. Take advantage of special student discounts, and enter to win a free pair of Ray-Ban frames or sunglasses!

For questions, give us a call at 509-335-0360.

Wear sunglasses for healthier eyes

Student wearing sunglasses

Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but did you know they’re also critical for keeping your eyes healthy? Sunglasses protect your eyes from a wide variety of diseases and health complications, including:

  • Migraines and headaches. Bright sunlight can trigger migraines and bad headaches. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the frequency and intensity of these headaches.
  • Scratches. Getting dust or sand in your eyes isn’t just painful, it can also be dangerous. Sand and other particles can scratch your eye and cause permanent damage.
  • Snow blindness. Sunglasses aren’t just for summer! Snow reflects 80 percent of UV rays from the sun and can cause a condition called snow blindness, where glare from the sun actually burns your cornea.
  • Cataracts and glaucoma. Exposing your eyes to the sun’s ultraviolet rays for many hours at a time or over the course of many years can cause these serious eye conditions or worsen their symptoms. Cataracts (cloudy areas on the normally clear lens of your eye) and glaucoma (a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve) are both leading causes of blindness.
  • Surfer’s eye. You don’t have to be a surfer to get this! Also known as pterygium, surfer’s eye is a growth on the eyeball itself. It’s usually not serious, but can be painful and annoying. The most common treatments are eye drops, steroids and sometimes surgery. But the best treatment is prevention by wearing good quality sunglasses that wrap around and have 100 percent UV protection!
  • Skin cancer. Nearly 10 percent of skin cancers are found near the eyes. You can protect the delicate, light-sensitive skin around your eyes by wearing sunglasses.

So what kind of sunglasses do you need to give your eyes maximum protection? Polarized lenses are one of your best options. While all sunglasses reduce the intensity of sunlight, polarized lenses go the extra mile to block harmful glare from reflected light. Wearing polarized lenses is a must if you’re doing outdoor activities involving snow or water.

With so many lens and frame options available, everyone should be able to find their perfect pair of sunglasses. Our vision clinic can help you find sunglasses that fit your needs and style, and keep your eyes healthy and protected!

You can take advantage of our May special on sunglasses by giving us a call at 509-335-0360 or visiting our location in the Washington building.

Save on sunglasses at the vision clinic

Student tries on sunglasses

 

Start your summer with the perfect sunglasses! Get $10 off any pair of sunglasses in stock at the Health & Wellness Services vision clinic between now and May 31, 2016.

We carry a wide selection of sunglasses (and eyeglass frames!) to fit every budget, including designer brands such as Tom Ford, RayBan, Nike, Nine West and Scott Harris. We also stock Acuvue Oasys contact lenses and can order most other brands of contact lenses.

Straining your eyes looking at too many screens? We sell computer eyewear from GUNNAR Optiks that’s designed to help protect your eyes from artificial blue light.

If you’re looking for eyewear accessories, we carry contact lens solutions, eye drops for allergy relief and sports cords for your sunwear.

And, of course, we provide vision care services including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, pre-and post-op LASIK care, and frame adjustments and repairs and care for medical eye conditions and injuries.

If you have questions about our products and services, give us a call at 509-335-0360 or swing by our location in the Washington building!