Presbyterian | Spring 2020 | Your Story 3 Finding a path to recovery Presbyterian Centennial Care members 18 and older may now take part in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) substance use disorder program. IOP is group treatment for those struggling with substance use—drug and/or alcohol addiction. These services do not need a hospital stay. The program gives treatments proven to work for patients with addiction. During this eight-week/ 24-session program, patients will work with therapists who specialize in addiction/recovery services. Other services include individual treatment and medication management. Patients may also be able to bring their family or friends to accompany them during treatment. Members can still get support even after they complete the IOP through our Aftercare Support Group. Want to learn more? Call the Presbyterian Customer Service Center at (505) 923-5200 or 1-888- 977-2333 , TTY: 711 , to get more information about this benefit. Knowing the impact of otherhealthconditionsonvision Not only are women at higher risk for many eye diseases, they are also at risk for several overall health conditions that affect their eyesight. These include: Diabetes. One in 10 American women over the age of 20 has diabetes. Diabetes increases risk for several eye diseases (diabetic retinopathy, most commonly) as well as damage from ultraviolet (UV) light. People with diabetes are often sensitive to light, have problems telling colors apart in low lighting, and have trouble driving at night. Gestational diabetes is rare and goes away after pregnancy. Women who have gone through it have a 40 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next five to 10 years. Autoimmune diseases. Women are more likely to get several autoimmune diseases that can affect the eyes. These include: ● ● Multiple sclerosis (MS) ● ● Lupus ● ● Rheumatoid arthritis ● ● Sjögren’s syndrome MS often causes temporary burning in the eyes or vision loss. Sjögren’s, which dries out moisture-producing glands in the body, causes the most eye-related disease. Of the one million people in the United States with Sjögren’s, 90 percent are women. Breast cancer and other cancer. Some cancer treatments can cause: ● ● Bleeding in the eye ● ● Light sensitivity ● ● Cataracts ● ● Dry, itchy eyes Source: Transitions Optical, Inc. Women and eye health risks Most women know how important it is to visit the doctor on a regular basis so they can stay healthy and feel their best. But many don’t know this means having their eyes checked as well. This is really important for women. Women are more likely than men to experience eye-related diseases and conditions such as: ● ● Cataract ● ● Glaucoma ● ● Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Unfortunately, many women don’t know about this risk and are not doing enough to care for their healthy eyesight. Not going to the eye doctor can lead to healthcare costs down the road. Plus, people with eyesight problems are more likely to miss work. They also get headaches, eyestrain, and tiredness that may affect them on and off the job.