September 10, 2020

Your Benefits, Clearly in Focus

Like looking through binoculars, having a clear focus on your surroundings makes the view so much more enjoyable. This rings true for your eye health too. With your Retiree Benefits Plan, it’s never been easier to ensure you have a clear and easy-to-use plan, including vision coverage, to continue your journey in sharp focus.

Look Ahead

Attending regular eye exams helps detect any potential eye diseases early.

  • Look at the lens. No matter which Extended Health Coverage plan you have, there is a rolling 24-month period for spending your allotted Vision coverage (either a rolling maximum of $425 through the Health Wise Core Coverage, or $550 through the Health Wise Plus Enhanced Coverage) for new glasses or contact lenses or to update your frames.
  • Test on the regular. Eye exams detect diseases like glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, and macular degeneration; the earlier they’re spotted, the easier they are to treat. View your plan details here or reach out to an ARTA Benefit Plan Coordinator (1-855-444-2782) to get the finer points on vision coverage for you and your dependents.
  • Stay sun safe. Too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure boosts your chances of cataracts. Wear polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes — ideally with wraparound style frames. Ask your eye care specialist for polarized lenses when ordering your next prescription sunglasses or transition lenses.
  • You, clearly in focus. To get a clear picture of what your benefits cover, take a peek at the information on arta.net; for finer details, search the plan texts for each benefit coverage option.

Round Out Your Wellness

Looking at all aspects of wellness, including eye health, is helpful for a long and healthy life. We have a few more tips to help you stay well:

  • Up the dietary nutrients. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, adding foods rich in vitamins for ocular health is easy (if they’re not already part of your regular, healthy diet) and will help to manage diseases such as diabetes, which can sometimes lead to blindness. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C are essential to eye health, to maintain your eyes’ light-sensing cells (A), and to lower the possibility of developing age-related macular degeneration (C).
  • Avoid tobacco. Alberta Quits highlights that smoking tobacco increases your chances of preventable eye-related illnesses like dry eye syndrome and blindness (among many other health conditions). Speak with your health care professional for a smoking cessation program that’s right for you.
  • Take the 20–20–20 approach. Take a 20-second break from your computer or TV screen every 20 minutes and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. Sit at a distance of at least five times the width of your TV to ensure you’re not straining your eyes or over-exposing them to blue light.

Focus on the Contact

Make sure your contact info, including your mailing address, is up to date, giving ARTA the clearest means of contacting you when the time arises. If you have a Members Health Care Account, you can update your address with the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan via the Profile page once logged in. You may also contact a Retiree Benefits Plan Coordinator by calling 1-855‑444-2782.