Fireworks: Keeping eyes safe

The 4th of July is right around the corner and those celebrating with fireworks need to take the appropriate precautions to keep their eyes safe. Each year, emergency rooms across the United States see hundreds of patients with eye injuries caused by fireworks. The number of these injuries doubled from 600 in 2011 to 1,300 […]

Fireworks Eye Injury Graphic

It’s not too early to warn those you love about the risks to their eyes if they choose to light their own fireworks. This graphic below is from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s web site. Even sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 times hotter than boiling water.

El Nino’s effects on eye allergies

If you are an allergy sufferer and have noticed that your allergies are more severe this year, you would be correct and you are not alone in your misery. The increased severity of spring allergies is due in part to the El Nino weather pattern. The reason for this is because the United States had […]

Avoid this one mistake when playing sports

Thousands of people make trips to the emergency room every year suffering from eye injuries caused by playing sports. A majority of serious eye injuries can be prevented by the simple act of wearing protective eyewear and protective eyewear does not mean just wearing regular eyeglasses. The appropriate protective eyewear depends upon the sport that […]

Are Digital devices making children near-sighted?

A recent study conducted by the USC Eye Institute at Keck Medicine confirms that cases of childhood myopia (near-sightedness) among American children has more than doubled over the last 50 years. This was the largest study of childhood eye diseases ever done in the United States. The research team collected more than 5,000 eye measurements […]

Were David Bowie’s eyes different colors?

Contrary to the popular perception that his eyes were a different color, he actually had a condition called anisocoria. Anisocoria is an unequal size in a person’s pupils. David Bowie’s left pupil was permanently dilated due to fisticuffs with a friend that resulted in his left eye being scratched and paralyzing the muscles that contract […]

Proper application of eyedrops important

Whether you are using prescription eyedrops or those found over-the-counter, knowing how to use them properly is important. Using the proper technique and the correct dosage is important for your eye health. Below are some helpful tips. 1.) One drop at a time: Your eye only has the capacity to hold on to one drop […]

Do ocular patients favor Universal Health Care?

We sent an email survey to our subscribers about their health insurance, and the answers were surprising. Not unusual for a group of people who are concerned about their vision, over 60% were insured by Medicare. And while 38% had other insurance, approximately 1 in every 70 people had no health insurance whatsoever, despite the mandates of […]

Zeaxanthin a hit for MLB players

Major Leage Baseball players know that having great skills won’t get you very far if your vision and ability to focus on the ball is not optimal. Sensitivity to light and squinting can diminish a player’s abilities. Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that daily consumption of zeaxanthin, which is found in many […]

VisiVite’s Dry Eye Relief praised during ASCRS meeting

VisiVite’s Dry Eye Relief TG-1000 is one of only four dry eye vitamins that are made using the preferred triglyceride form of omega 3 fatty acids, reported Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, in a presentation at the annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Specialists meeting in San Diego. Dr. Donnenfeld noted that study results showed that […]