Swimming and The Eyes

Swimming and The Eyes

Each year an estimated 100,000 people in the U.S. suffer a sports related eye injury. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer health and safety organization dedicated to preserving sight, states that water and pool-related injuries are the cause of most sports-related injuries.(1) Chlorine and other chemicals in pools are hard on the tear film that […]

Does This Cut Need Stitches?

Does This Cut Need Stitches?

Skin lacerations are a common cause of trips to the Emergency Department in the U.S., accounting for 8.2% of visits, which represents 7 to 9 million lacerations treated.(1) It can be difficult to tell whether a cut needs a doctor’s attention, according to a leading health clinic.(2) Here are some signs that a wound requires […]

Quality, not just Quantity, of Sleep Matters

Each year, The National Sleep Foundation marks the week of “spring forward” (Daylight Savings) as Sleep Awareness Week. Good sleep is critical to good health, the foundation says, and many of us don’t get enough sleep, or the best quality sleep. To measure sleep quality, four components are generally addressed: Sleep latency – the measurement […]

Many Health Conditions May Be Detected in Comprehensive Eye Exam

The eyes are “windows to the live action of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues throughout the body,” states the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The academy recommends that all adults get a comprehensive exam by age 40. (High risk patients, such as those with a family history of eye disease or diabetes should have an […]

Preventing Vision Loss From Glaucoma

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Glaucoma can steal sight without warning. Vision loss generally begins with peripheral vision, and so a person may not notice the change until significant vision loss has occurred.(1) While glaucoma can affect anyone, there is higher risk for people […]

The 20-20-20 Rule and Eye Strain

People who look at screens a lot of the day – whether a computer, smartphone, TV, won’t “ruin their eyes,” – but they can develop eye strain that is uncomfortable, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This kind of eye strain affects children and adults alike. Eyes can become dry, tear or sting, and […]

Study: Cataract Surgery Lowers Dementia Risk

A prospective, longitudinal cohort study has found that cataract surgery is associated with a significant reduced risk of dementia. The study analyzed data from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study, which included 5,000 people over the age of 65.(1) Sensory impairment, such as vision or hearing loss, affects 20% of the population over the […]

UK Study: Alcohol Consumption and Cataract Risk

A research study conducted in England found that low to moderate alcohol use is associated with a lower risk of cataracts, the cloudy patches on the eye that impair sight. The research was conducted by a team in London from NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.(1) The […]

Cigarette Smoking and Age Related Macular Degeneration

Some 34 million American adults smoke cigarettes, according to the American Cancer Society. Over the last several decades, smoking rates have declined, from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2019. Still, tobacco use in the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.(1) Smoking increases the risk of cancers of the: Lung Mouth Larynx (voice […]

Laser Correction Procedures Increase During Pandemic

Lasik increases Covid 19

An unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the surge in vision correction surgeries, reports the Refractive Surgery Council. The number of surgeries has risen to its highest level since 2015, when the council began tracking the numbers.(1) Refractive surgery is a method for improving vision for patients with nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, […]