Are Blue Light Glasses Necessary?

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Everyday we stare at a variety of digital screens such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. Living in the digital age has its perks but all that technology can be harsh on your eyes. Blue light glasses have become a trend as they claim to filter out blue light emitted from electronic devices. These glasses are supposed to be able to reduce eye strain. Do these glasses really work or are they just hype?

What is blue light?

Each type of visible light has a different color based on its wavelength and frequency. Blue light has a short wavelength meaning it produces higher amounts of energy. Digital screens are known to generate blue light, but only a small amount compared to what we are exposed to from the sun every day. Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that the human eye can see.

What are blue light glasses?

Blue light glasses have been designed to block out the blue light given off from digital screens. They claim to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to blue light, reducing eye strain, improving sleep, and preventing eye diseases.

Do they work?

Yes and no. While blue light glasses are effective at filtering out blue light, there is no supporting data to suggest these glasses reduce eye issues. Eye problems from using technology are not the result of blue light. Scripps Clinic ophthalmologist, Ray Gariano, MD., says that it is okay to wear these glasses but not to be mistaken, they are not protecting you. He states that when people concentrate, they tend to blink less making their eyes dry or strained. Effects of eye strain are caused by how people use their screens, not by what is being emitted from them.

Other ways to reduce eyestrain:

  • Sit about an arm’s length away from the computer screen. Position the screen so you are viewing it slightly downward.
  • Use a matte screen filter to aid in reducing glare.
  • Practice what is called the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to help your eyes relax.
  • When your eyes feel dry, use artificial tears or eyedrops to refresh them. This will help keep your eyes lubricated while you look at your screen.
  • Adjust your room lighting so that are not looking at a bright screen in a dark room.
  • If you wear contact lenses, give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses.

Save money and practice these other ways to give your eyes a break. If you are still experiencing eye strain, talk to your ophthalmologist to determine any potential eye issues that could need treatment.

Sources:

  1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/do-blue-light-blocking-glasses-actually-work/
  2. https://www.scripps.org/news_items/6889-are-blue-light-glasses-necessary
  3. https://www.tmc.edu/news/2020/01/debunking-blue-light-glasses-claims-to-focus-on-proven-eye-issues/
  4. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/are-computer-glasses-worth-it
  5. https://blutechlenses.com/blog/what-is-blue-light/#:~:text=Blue%20light%20is%20a%20color%20in%20the%20visible,fatigue%2C%20headaches%2C%20and%20sleeplessness.%20Where%20is%20blue%20light%3F

Get Ready for Flu Season

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Fall is approaching which means that the 2020-2021 flu season is also. Experts recommend the flu shot now more than ever as the coronavirus pandemic could mix with flu season. This overlap could cause major issues and overwhelm hospitals. It is critical to get vaccinated, as preventing the flu saves lives and preserves healthcare resources.

Why you should get vaccinated

Influenza affects people differently. While some people only develop mild symptoms, others develop serious illnesses such as bacterial pneumonia, ear, and sinus infections. The flu can worsen chronic medical conditions like heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. This contagious disease affects the lungs which can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. People that are infected with influenza can spread the disease for up to 5-7 days. Getting vaccinated not only protects you but the people around you.

Key facts about the flu shot

  • The flu shot is recommended every year for anyone 6 months and older.
  • September and October are the best months to get the flu shot.
  • Antibodies develop in the body around two weeks after the vaccination.
  • Common side effects of the shot include low grade headache, soreness at injection site, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue. Keep in mind that these potential side effects are nothing compared to the pain of contacting the flu.
  • The influenza virus spreads via droplets when people cough or sneeze which is why it is so important to wash your hands regularly.
  • The most common flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. Although these symptoms are similar to the common cold, the flu is more severe, develops quicker, and leads to severe complications.
  • Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year. Characteristics of the person being vaccinated such as age and health affect its effectiveness.
  • There is a high-dose shot called Fluzone High-Dose, or FLAUD, available for people 65 and older. FLUAD has four times the antigen than a regular dose has. It works by pairing a regular vaccine with an immune stimulant increasing the response to a vaccine.

Why the flu vaccination is especially important this year

COVID-19 has caused health care facilities to be full. If people do not get a flu shot and contract the flu, they will have to seek treatment which may increase their exposure and risk of contracting the coronavirus. Furthermore, oxygen and ventilators are resources used to keep both COVID-19 and flu patients alive. If there is a big influx of flu patients this year, there is a possibility of people having to compete for resources. Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated!

Do you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine?

Tria Health provides one-on-one confidential counseling with a pharmacist for any of your medication related questions. If Tria Health is currently a part of your healthcare plan, call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your questions.

Tria Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/08/21/flu-shot-during-covid-what-know-2020-2021-season/3392376001/
  2. https://www.today.com/health/flu-season-2020-2021-what-know-when-get-flu-shot-t188740
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm

World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year World Suicide Prevention Day falls on September 10th. This day is dedicated to promoting worldwide action to prevent suicides. 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for many, making this day even more crucial. On this day organizations, government agencies, and individuals get a chance to promote not only suicide prevention, but mental illnesses associated with suicide as well.

Why Suicide Prevention Day is Important

  • Suicide affects us all. Sadly, many of us know someone who has committed suicide. The pandemic has caused loneliness and stress only increasing suicide and suicidal thoughts. This day reminds everyone that no matter how bad things are right now, there is always hope that they will get better.
  • Awareness –> action. When you raise awareness on a topic it causes more people to act. A vast majority of people are confused about how to help someone who is struggling with their mental health. World Suicide Prevention Day provides the resources people need to learn more about the reasons behind suicide. This knowledge has the power to save someone’s life.
  • It illuminates mental health issues. September 10th is a reminder that discussing mental health should not be a taboo subject. Advocating for mental health is imperative and hard conversations need to happen in order to help.

Facts About Suicide

  • 1 in 15 American adults suffer from depression.
  • Suicide is most common among people between the ages of 45 and 64.
  • Men commit suicides more often, but women are more likely to make an attempt.
  • Just about every 12 minutes someone commits suicide in America.
  • 1 in 4 U.S. young adults have considered taking their life in the past month due to the pandemic.

How to Help

Try to look for any warning signs of suicide such as mood swings, personality changes, anxiousness, amid others. All warning signs can vary from individual to individual because everyone processes things differently. If you have a friend who has revealed that they have been having suicidal thoughts, contact your local suicide prevention hotline. Furthermore, call this hotline if you see a person post something on social media that makes you concerned for their mental well-being. Keep in mind that it is not easy to know when someone is struggling. Make it a part of your routine to check-in by calling, hanging out, and keeping in constant communication with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Tria Can Help

If you or someone you know are dealing with mental health related issues, Tria can help. A large number of people decide to take medications to effectively manage their mental health. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. If you are interested in exploring medication treatments for mental health, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Resources:

If you or someone you know is struggling, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741 at any time for help.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/

Sources:

  1. https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-suicide-prevention-day-2020/#:~:text=World%20Suicide%20Prevention%20Day%202020%20World%20Suicide%20Prevention,is%20a%20major%20preventable%20cause%20of%20premature%20death.
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  3. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/suicide-prevention-day-pressing

Tria Health will move to Grand Place in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District

The main entrance of the former Kansas City Star building will serve as a dedicated entrance for one Grand Place tenant, Tria Health LLC. Photo via 3D Development.

Tria Health’s success has resulted in rapid growth. Due to this, we are excited to announce our move from Overland Park, KS to Grand Place, at 18th and Grand in Kansas City, MO. Tria Health will be leasing 17,586 square feet in the east building of Grand Place, the first WELL™ office building in the region. As a healthcare organization, the WELL™ office building is what attracted us to Grand Place. The Kansas City Star’s former offices are undergoing a $95 million mixed-use redevelopment. Tria Health has a move in date of September 2021.

“As we continue to demonstrate success, we anticipate doubling in size over the next 5 years” says Jessica Lea, CEO of Tria Health. “We want to locate in a place that reinforces our mission of health and wellness and, in light of the new ‘normal,’ Grand Place is far and away the best place to be.”

Features:

Grand place offers incredible features. “Not only will Grand Place give us the ability to grow our footprint, but we see it as a recruiting tool as well,” says Lea. “The list of amenities is unlike anything else we’ve seen, which helps us communicate to our staff that we value them and want them to enjoy coming to work in the morning.”

This list includes:

  • A European-style market and food hall consisting of 20 kiosk kitchens, a bar, lounge, and coffee café. 30’ high ceilings with original wood flooring make this market remarkable.
  • 4,700 SF rooftop patio with skyline views
  • Brick perimeter walls, hardwood floors, and board-formed concrete columns and ceilings. The space is designed to receive a lot of natural light from tall windows.
  • Multiple conference and meeting rooms
  • Private room for mothers
  • Public art
  • A 5,000 SF clubroom for employees and guests to get out of the office and collaborate in a more relaxed setting, serving breakfast and lunch to tenants and guests only.
  • Boiler room containing a glass lap pool, sauna, upscale barbershop, salt soaking tuns, full-service spa, lounge, and locker room.
  • Workout and fitness amenities
  • On-site parking, access to entertainment and the rest of downtown KC.
  • To learn more about Grand Place’s features, visit https://www.grandplacekc.com/

WELL Standards: 

As people we have always bult structures that are designed to protect us. However, they can affect our health. There is a huge relationship between the environment and our health. WELL standards enable people to create spaces that aid in our well-being. For an overview of WELL standards, principles, architecture, resources, and standards, visit https://v2.wellcertified.com/v/en/overview and https://www.wellcertified.com/.

About Tria Health:

Tria Health reduces health care costs for employers by improving health outcomes for employees with chronic conditions. Our company is driven by an understanding that pharmacists make a difference in helping patients manage their chronic conditions. Rising health care costs are a concern for employers and health plans. Chronic conditions have a big impact on these costs because they represent 86% of total health care spend. Medication management is key to effectively managing these conditions, yet 50% of people do not take medications as prescribed increasing health risks and costs. Sixteen percent of US health care spend is due to non-optimized medication use.

Since the beginning, Tria Health has provided personalized pharmacy care to members of self-insured employers and health plans. This innovative, patient-focused approach reduces costs and improves the health of their members and their bottom line.

Sources:

  1. https://www.grandplacekc.com/
  2. https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2020/08/27/tria-health-grand-place-headquarters-relocation.html?ana=e_ae_prem&j=90525772&t=Afternoon&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpFNU5XUTFZalF4WTJZNSIsInQiOiJ3eGh2bkhWa0tTSlwvOFwvSFF5ZE9ZTjJhRTNNbFlDVWtraFBQUjE0bXUxNHI2NHd5XC9YK3REeDVcL0F6aExjMUxReTVsQjUyODBNb1FXYVJGR0lGNDhRM0h3eGd4XC9EUUpRSFJsekhseVB5TUgzTk15NldYRFR2XC9uTXRzUzYzdTFDeSJ9
  3. https://v2.wellcertified.com/v/en/overview
  4. https://www.wellcertified.com/

Preparing for Asthma Peak Week

Asthma Peak Week occurs every year in the third week of September. During this week, children and adults are more exposed to allergy stimulates such as ragweed, mold, and dust. Hospitalizations rise and millions living with asthma and allergies are affected. It is best to start preparing for this week months in advance. Below are tips on how to get ready for Asthma Peak Week.

  1. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider. To keep your asthma under control, it is imperative to schedule an appointment every August. You may think that everything is normal, but it is good to double check. In this appointment it is important to review the types of inhalers you use to analyze their effectiveness. Also, it’s a great time to determine if there are any other new products you could use to better your health.
  2. Always have a rescue inhaler on hand. Even though you may not use your rescue inhaler every day, it is crucial to have one in case of an emergency. Take precautions such as checking its expiration date and detecting how much medicine you have left in it.
  3. Take care of yourself. Amidst this pandemic, it is critical to not lose sight of taking care of yourself. It is hard to keep stress under control but is very beneficial if you do. Stay hydrated, eat healthy, and get plenty of sleep. If you continue to do these things leading up to Asthma Peak Week, you will feel much better.
  4. Avoid asthma triggers. There are a few ways you can minimize your exposure to these allergens:
  • When coming in from outside, remove your shoes and change clothing to rid of any allergens you may bring into the home.
  • During this season, your windows and doors should remain closed.
  • Using an air filter can aid against triggers. Make sure that it is a certified asthma and allergy friendly filter.
  • Shower before bed to remove any possible triggers such as tree, weeds, pollen, grass, or dander.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands often.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Utilizing these steps daily will create a routine and ultimately minimize asthma triggers.

Tria Health and Asthma

Many patients decide to take medications in order to effectively manage their asthma. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you are interested in exploring medication treatments for asthma, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://community.aafa.org/blog/asthma-peak-week-is-here-here-are-some-tips-to-help-you-avoid-asthma-episodes
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannecroteau/2019/09/16/its-asthma-peak-week–heres-how-to-get-ready/amp/
  3. https://www.health.com/condition/asthma/peak-week-allergies-asthma#:~:text=%22%20Although%20peak%20asthma%20time%20can%20vary%20from,Asthma%20and%20Allergy%20Foundation%20of%20America%2C%20tells%20Health.