You can’t afford to miss this fireworks cartoon

Don’t miss theĀ American Academy of Ophthalmology’s entertaining and educational cartoon about July 4th fireworks.

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.” […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cosmetic injections can cause vision loss

The price of a youthful look may be loss of your vision. The common beauty procedure of cosmetic injections, while typically safe with just minor side effects, can have the devastating result of causing vision loss when used around the eyes. Cosmetic injections do have FDA approval for use in the middle parts of the […]

Grinding today? Wear Eye Protection!

Every week, we have young men arrive at our office with red, painful eyes following their grinding metal. The findings under the eye microscope are predictable – a shard of metal, which can be only a fraction of a millimeter in size, had struck the delicate clear cornea and embedded itself. Rust may be seen […]