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Did you know that each year close to twenty five thousand people nationwide visit the emergency room for a workplace eye injury? The easiest way to prevent these urgent situation is to wear certified, approved eye protection. Nearly three of five patient's injuries could have been avoided if proper protection was worn during the incident causing the injury. Certain fields of work carry the risk of eye infection. Workers in health care, laboratory, janitorial or animal handling environments need to consider special eye protection to reduce the risk of exposure to both minor and major illnesses via the eye.
See below for tips on how to keep your eyes healthy while working.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for individuals age 50 and older. Macular degeneration is a progressive, usually painless disease that affects the macula, the spot on the retina at the back of the eye responsible for central vision, causing central vision to blur, but leaving peripheral vision intact. In its earliest stages, AMD can be difficult to diagnose. In some cases, AMD progresses so slowly that many do not notice a change in their vision. In other cases, the deterioration is very rapid and can appear to happen overnight.
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See your eye care professional for an evaluation if you experience these symptoms of AMD
The National Institutes of Health Senior Health Pages describes people with low vision as having a hard time with everyday tasks - even with the aid of regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV and writing can seem challenging. Wills Eye defines “Legally blind” as those whose vision cannot be corrected to better than 20/200 in the better eye, or if your visual field is 20 degrees or less in the better eye. Low vision can be caused by many different eye diseases, however of them AMD is the most common.
There are several things a person with low vision can do to help with activities of daily living. Watch the video link below to hear more about the amazing advancements in technology that have been made to help people with low vision be able to do many of the daily tasks that we often take for granite.
January is dedicated to Glaucoma awareness and with good reasoning! Did you know that more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma? Did you know that this number is expected to grow by more than 50% by the year 2030?
This eye disease causes a progressive permanent loss of vision and is referred to as the silent thief of vision due to the fact that in most cases it does not have any symptoms. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without the patient even noticing! Perhaps of most importance is that with early detection this vision loss can be preventable. This is why it is so important to have awareness of this disease and the means to help your doctor diagnose it early!
The absolute best way to do this is by having routine, comprehensive eye examinations with your eye doctor. There are many tests that the doctor will perform with you during your annual eye exam that will help to determine your risk factors for developing the disease. Some of these tests include measuring the pressure inside your eyes and evaluating the health and function of your optic nerve, the connection between the eyes and the brain. Some variables that put you at a higher risk for developing the disease include age, individuals from African, Asian and Hispanic descent, those with a family history of the disease and diabetics.
Watch the video below to learn more about this eye disease and ways that you can stay on top of your eye health. If you are interested in donating to the cause you can click on this link to Donate today. Gifts of every size make a difference. And of course if you are past due for your annual AccuExam click here to schedule your exam today!
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries annually throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. For this reason Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. With this movement eye care professionals and this group are encouraging all to consider the risks with the toys that are purchased during this holiday season. Be sure to consider the following;
In honor of National Diabetic Eye Disease Month we are featuring information on this eye disease in our monthly blog post. Many people are aware of the associated complications of diabetes with many other vital organs including our hearts, kidneys and eyes. Diabetes puts patients at risk for developing a wide range of eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
Currently an average of 3.6 million Americans ages 40 and older suffer from the diabetic retinopathy. The unfortunate truth behind this sight threatening condition is that in the early stages it has no symptoms. This means vision threatening changes could be occurring without warning. The disease damages the small, fragile blood vessels in the back of the eyes and it causes them to leak fluid and blood. This can cause a progression to vessel blockage and rupturing which can lead to profound vision loss. The best way to catch these changes early on is by having an annual eye exam with dilation. While the effects of diabetic retinopathy are profound, there are effective treatments available. Vision loss can be prevented if early an early diagnosis is made. In addition to annual exams as recommended by your optometrist and primary care provider, it is important that diabetics control their blood sugar levels by exercising and eating healthy.
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Did you know that about half all eye injuries seen in clinic occur while the patient is at home? Think about all of the things that we do at home on a weekly, or even daily basis that can be potentially vision threatening. Some of these tasks include things as simple as cleaning and cooking. Others present a more obvious threat such as doing repairs or yard work. During October- National eye health safety month take the following precautions from our friends at www.friendsforsight.org to makes sure that your eyes stay safe!
Keep your eyes safe this month and all year long and be sure to schedule your annual AccuExam today!
Although the month's end is nearing, its never too late to focus on one's self improvement! Start by scheduling your annual eye exam and be sure the world around you is as clear as possible! See the article below for tips on how to divide your month and focus on different areas of health and wellness we all can use improvement on.