Consumer Alert – .gov site unreliable source of legitimate drug trials

ClinicalTrials.gov, that the public listing of medical trials on the site is not a list of trials that have been verified as legitimate by the National Institutes of Health. The National Institutes of Health is the agency that operates ClinicalTrials.gov. People tend to assume that any trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov have been carefully screened and […]

New Treatment for Damaged Eyes

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a way to activate retinal cells in mice to turn into new neurons. This discovery could potentially lead to new a new treatment for human eyes that have suffered from trauma or disease. A viral gene-swapping technique was used in the study. A version of a particular […]

Study warns of unregulated clinics

A recent study published in the journal Cell warns of a growing number of unregulated clinics in the United States offering unregulated stem cell treatments. This alarming trend has eye care professionals urging consumers to be on alert. The unregulated clinics are able to skirt FDA oversight all because of a technicality. These clinics take cells […]

5 ways to keep your eyes safe and healthy this summer

The sun, wind and increased physical activity during summer puts your eyes at higher risk for problems. Here are 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy and safe. 1.) Avoid the “burn”. Many people do not realize that our eyes can get “sunburned” and this condition is called photokeratitis. A very painful condition, it causes redness […]

You can’t afford to miss this fireworks cartoon

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

Which sport causes most eye injuries?

In my practice, you’d be surprised by the answer. And since April is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Sports Safety Month, it’s important to think about protecting your eyes when playing. Now that the March Madness college basketball championship is over (boo hoo for my University of Michigan team), you’ll want to be aware that […]

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.