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Cougar Health Services August 2016

Flu vaccine available at clinic

Flu season is approaching fast! Are you ready to get your flu shot? Good news: we now have flu vaccine in stock at our medical clinic.

This fall, we’ll be holding Flu Shot Fridays every week from September 23 to October 28. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Students who want get their flu shots ASAP can make an appointment at the clinic online or by phone at 509-335-3575.

Everyone can do something

Everyone can do something

Preventing interpersonal violence like sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence can seem overwhelming. But it becomes a lot easier if we all work together. One person can’t do everything, but everyone can do something!

We can all take action to prevent violence in our everyday lives. By simply showing that Cougs care for one another and our community, we can help reduce violence on our campus and in our community.

Hanging out with friends or heading to a party? Here are some things you can do to take action and make sure you and your friends stay safe.

  1. Charge your phone before going out. Make sure you’ve got enough battery life to stay in contact with your group throughout the night.
  2. Check in. Plan to have everyone check in with another group member before leaving the party. If someone doesn’t check in, call or text to make sure they’re okay.
  3. Take action. If you see someone making another person feel uncomfortable, or even unsafe, it’s hard to know what to do. It can be even harder to intervene if your friend is the one pushing someone’s boundaries. If you don’t feel comfortable directly calling the person out, you could try distracting them with another topic or activity.
  4. Make a back-up plan. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Talk as a group about assigning a designated driver for the night. In case that doesn’t work out, save a number for a cab company in your phone and make sure everyone keeps a little cash on hand to pitch in for a cab.
  5. Pace yourself. If you choose to drink, don’t let drinking too much get in the way of enjoying your night out. Make sure to eat a full meal before going out, or eat snacks throughout the night. You can also alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  6. Listen to your gut. If you see or hear something that makes you uncomfortable, take a second look and check in. Even if it’s a false alarm, simply asking someone “are you okay?” can help you make sure the night is enjoyable for everyone.
  7. Delegate. If you see a potentially violent situation developing and you’re not sure how to intervene, ask someone else to step in. This can be another friend, an RA, a bouncer or even the police.

When other people see you taking everyday small actions to take to care of others, they’re more likely to do the same.

To prevent violence at WSU, we need Cougs to stay involved. You can subscribe to receive the latest events, news and information on ending violence.

Welcome from Health & Wellness Services

Welcome from Health & Wellness Services

Welcome to all new and returning students from all of us at Health & Wellness Services! We’re here to support you in all aspects of health. We provide services and programs designed to help you thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.

Our medical clinic is one of the largest in the area, and works much like your family doctor’s office at home. We provide general medical care, plus a wide range of other services. Our full-service retail pharmacy is a great option if you’d like to transfer and fill your prescriptions without leaving campus. In the spring, we also opened a vision clinic where we provide eye care services and a retail store with a variety of eyewear and accessories.

Thinking about quitting tobacco? Now’s a great time to start! This fall, WSU Pullman will become a tobacco-free campus. Our tobacco cessation program can help you explore your options for quitting, improve your motivation and learn new ways to manage stress and cravings.

In addition to clinical medical services, we provide free programs and workshops on a variety of health topics to the entire WSU community. Workshops cover topics like healthy relationships, stress management, alcohol education, time management and more.

Our providers work closely with Counseling and Psychological Services to provide comprehensive mental health treatment for students. Our health promotion team is also working to support students’ mental and emotional health through a variety of efforts including trainings like Mental Health First Aid and our new suicide prevention program, Campus Connect.

Our violence prevention programs are another great opportunity for students. Bystander training workshops focus on making our campus safer by empowering Cougs to become active participants in preventing violence.

Got questions? We’re here to help in any way we can. Come visit us in the Washington building, call 509-335-3575 or schedule an appointment online.


Where you buy your eyewear matters

Where you buy your eyewear matters

Buying new glasses can be overwhelming! Because each pair is custom-made just for you, the list of decisions to make on the frames, lenses, coatings and other options can feel endless.

Because there are so many choices to make, buying glasses at a traditional optical store has many advantages. Your local optician can walk you through your options and give expert advice on the best frames and lenses to fit your individual needs.

Selecting your frames

Trying on frames is the key to making sure your glasses look good and fit well. Choosing your frames online without trying them on can lead to disappointment and frustration.

Optical stores have the advantage of hand-picking the quality and styles of frames they sell. Plus, they can special order colors and sizes for each patient.

Your optician will explain different frame materials and features, and help find options if you have a metal allergy. And, they’ll help you find frames that look good and match your style!

Getting the right lenses

The lenses are the most important part of your glasses! You’re able to see best when the optical center of your lens lines up perfectly with your eyes. If this isn’t done right, you may experience headaches. Opticians have been trained and licensed to measure the optical center and distance between your pupils, ensuring your lenses line up with your eyes correctly.

Fitting multifocal lenses is an even more intricate process requiring extra measurements. These special measurements cannot be done accurately when ordering online. Getting the right multifocal lens requires an in-depth discussion with a knowledgeable optician or optometrist.

Optical stores are able to offer more types of lenses than chain or online stores, especially when it comes to bifocal and progressive lenses. For example, your optician might talk about getting thinner, lighter lenses, which are more comfortable and attractive.

So, next time you are ready for a new pair of glasses, consider more than just the price. You can visit our vision clinic retail store any time to try on new styles, get expert answers to your questions and find the best glasses to fit your unique prescription and needs.

Yes, you need an eye exam

Yes, you need an eye exam

Most people visit the eye doctor to get a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. But even if you don’t need vision correction, it’s still important to visit your eye doctor every one to two years to check the health of your eyes.

How your eye doctor can help

Many silent eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, can affect the health of your eyes. Left undetected, these conditions can lead to permanent vision loss.

Your eye doctor can also help detect changes to your eyes that impact your overall health. Conditions that affect the entire body, like high blood pressure and diabetes, can cause changes in the back of your eyes as well.

And sometimes signs of disease can be detected first in the eyes. For example, multiple sclerosis may affect your eyes first before affecting the rest of your body.

Some common medications such as birth control, anti-depressants and blood thinners can also affect the eyes. During an eye exam, your eye doctor may be able to notice changes, detect signs of illness and help your overall health.

What to expect at your eye exam

During an eye exam, your doctor will check how well you can see at distance and near. They may perform a refraction test, which helps determine your eyeglasses prescription. The doctor will check to see how well your eyes react to light and will examine your eye muscles.

Additionally, they will check your peripheral vision and your eye pressures. They may use a large microscope, known as a slit lamp, to look at the front of your eyes and use a special lens to examine the back of your eyes. Your doctor may even take a baseline photograph of the back of your eyes to detect subtle changes over time.

If you haven’t had an eye exam in a while, make sure to call your eye doctor and schedule an appointment. Students can schedule comprehensive eye exams at our on-campus vision clinic.

Eye exams help children succeed

Eye exams help children succeed

Vision problems can significantly affect your child’s ability to learn. When children are struggling to see well, they have a hard time following along in class and concentrating on assignments. This can lead to poor academic performance that has nothing to do with their abilities or motivation.

If vision problems are not corrected early, children can get behind in school. This can potentially start a chain reaction of poor performance, low self-esteem and behavior problems.

One in 10 children has a vision problem significant enough to impact learning. Getting your child’s vision checked by an optometrist is a critical step to take before they start school. Vision screenings at school or at the pediatrician’s office are not the same as a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist.

Vision screenings are limited in scope, which means some problems can go undetected. Even if children have 20/20 vision, other problems can affect their ability to see.

Children’s vision can change during the school year. It’s important to watch for the following signs between eye appointments:

  • Holding reading materials close to their face or sitting close to the TV
  • Excessive blinking or rubbing their eyes
  • Covering one eye or tilting their head to one side
  • Short attention span or difficulty remembering what they read
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Headaches

Some common vision conditions that are not detected during vision screenings are strabismus, where both eyes do not look in the same direction at the same time; “lazy eye”, where one eye has poorer vision; and refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

As you prepare your children for the upcoming school year, remember to schedule them for a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist.