Unless you're a pyrotechnic professional, there's no 100% safe way to use fireworks. But, almost everyone will partake this weekend (in some form or another) in celebration of the July 4th Independence Day holiday. Whether it's sparklers or Roman Candles, please be sure to take precautions and be safe because July is Fireworks Safety Month!
Father's Day is this Sunday - June is Men’s Health Month. Make sure the men in your life have healthy eyes by encouraging them to get a dilated eye exam.
Men are 16 percent more likely to present with advanced vision loss at eye clinics compared to women, according to researchers at City, University of London.
The study, which is published in the journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, highlights that men are more likely to ignore symptoms and not seek early medical attention until disease is significant. This presents a public health challenge for glaucoma and other diseases that benefit from early detection.
Prevent Blindness America has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts, resulting in an annual estimated treatment cost of $6.8 billion. So it seems fitting that an entire month should be dedicated to education and awareness.
What are Cataracts?
Let’s start at the very beginning. A cataract is basically the clouding of the eye’s lens. The lens of the eye is normally clear that when it becomes clouded by a cataract, it can cause lost vision because not enough light is being let into the eye.
You may have plenty of commercials on TV about lutein. How about Zeaxanthin? I bet you have never heard of this.
What exactly are Lutein and Zeaxanthin?
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two types of carotenoids, which are yellow to red pigments found in vegetables and other plants. They are both powerful antioxidants that can protect your eyes and maintain healthy vision.
Lutein is a powerful antioxidant found in many vegetables. Lutein, along with Zeaxanthin, are already found naturally in your eyes, and they help protect your eyes from harmful high-energy light, such as ultraviolet rays.
In plants, lutein and zeaxanthin absorb excess light energy to prevent damage from too much sunlight, especially from high-energy blue light rays.
Studies also suggest that a high level of lutein and zeaxanthin promotes better vision, especially in dim light.
When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor or nurse regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They’re not always top of mind, but they’re just as important.
During Healthy Vision Month, held each May, the NEI and us at Austin Village Eyecare encourages Americans to make their eye health a priority and informs them about steps they can take to protect their vision:
Taking these steps can help prevent vision loss or blindness from many eye diseases and conditions. In addition, comprehensive dilated eye exams can detect problems early, when they’re easier to treat.
Celebrate Healthy Vision Month by taking these steps today! You’ll help ensure your eyes are healthy and that you’re seeing well for a lifetime. We invite you to to your family, friends, colleagues and teammates.
Asl always, our team is ready to take calls, help answer questions and make your appointment. 704-821-5009.
Short-sightedness, or myopia - where distant objects are blurred while those that are closer can be seen clearly - is already a very common eye condition affecting millions of children.
But now doctors fear the condition is becoming even more prevalent.
Previous studies suggested there was a 2% reduced odds of myopia per additional hour of time spent outdoors per week. Yet it remained unclear which of the numerous elements associated with time spent outdoors, such as light intensity, ultraviolet radiation (UVR), or distant focus, reduces the risk of myopia.
Keeping in mind the benefits of sunlight, my family went to Arizona for a family vacation.
A great time was had by all! Here are some pictures!
More women than men have eye disease, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. According to the Prevent Blindness study, The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, these numbers will only continue to increase in the years to come.
Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate women about the steps they can take today to help preserve vision in the future.
Allergan, a global leader in eye care for nearly 70 years, announces a bold commitment to fight preventable blindness in the United States with a new initiative—See America. Through See America, Allergan sets out to make vision health a priority for all Americans, increase awareness of the diseases that can cause preventable blindness and, critically, help improve access to vision care for those who need it most.
The use of digital devices, including personal computers, tablets and cell phones, continues to increase. And, the impact of prolonged usage can often be felt in the eye. In fact, because of extended use of these devices, close to 70 percent of American adults experience some form of digital eyestrain, according to a new report from The Vision Council. Symptoms of digital eyestrain can include dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.
Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.
One can compare the human eye to a camera. The macula is the central and most sensitive area of the so-called film. When it is working properly, the macula collects highly detailed images at the center of the field of vision and sends them up the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets them as sight. When the cells of the macula deteriorate, images are not received correctly. In early stages, macular degeneration does not affect vision. Later, if the disease progresses, people experience wavy or blurred vision, and, if the condition continues to worsen, central vision may be completely lost. People with very advanced macular degeneration are considered legally blind. Even so, because the rest of the retina is still working, they retain their peripheral vision, which is not as clear as central vision.
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