Laser pointers are not child’s play

While laser pointers can be a valuable tool, they often times are used as toys instead and the use of them by children should be limited and supervised. Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss. When purchasing laser pointers, consumers are advised to check for the power rating and to limit the use of the […]

Severe eye injuries in golf

If someone were to ask you which sports were the most dangerous to your vision, golf probably is not one that would make the top three. But a recent analysis of studies found that while golf-related injuries occur less often than eye injuries in other sports, golf has a higher rate of “open globe injury.” […]

Be wary if considering stem cell therapy

With stem cell therapy for eye disease being the current trendy news topic, many people are eager to jump the gun and rush into trying it. These therapies are currently being researched and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe and effective. Since there are no stem cell therapies […]

FDA approves cornea treatment for Keratoconus

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) for treating progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea which causes keratoconus in some people. A combined therapy of ultraviolet light and eye drops is used to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea. Patients suffering with keratoconus have too few collagen fiber cross-links and […]

Be “vision smart” when using a smartphone

Many people spend time at night reading their smartphones in bed while lying on one side with the eye that is positioned on the pillow being covered by the pillow. This habit can cause eye strain and lead to the “reading” eye taking longer to adapt to the dark when the smartphone is no longer […]

Be savvy about your sunglasses

When shopping for sunglasses, your top priority should not be finding the right designer pair but making sure that they will protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. The right sunglasses can be great defenders against short- and long-terme eye damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Be mindful of the following tips when selecting sunglasses: […]

LED streetlights raise health concerns

As the United States and the United Kingdom move to reduce energy consumption by replacing old street lamps with LED lights, doctors warn that the new lighting could be having detrimental effect on our sleep and vision. The American Medical Association notes that LEDs emit large amounts of blue light, which can disrupt sleep patterns by […]

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 […]