First artificial iris approved by FDA

The first stand-alone prosthetic iris has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The device will be surgically implanted to treat adults and children whose iris is completely missing or who suffer from aniridia or who have suffered some other damage to the eye. Severe vision problems may be the end result […]

Sun causes crescent-shaped spot in eye

A woman who viewed the 2017 Solar Eclipse with eclipse glasses that were not certified as safe eclipse glasses, ended up with solar retinopathy, which is a condition that is irreversible and damages the retina. Using an adaptive optics machine to image her eyes as well as normal imaging methods, doctors were able to get […]

HEALTH ALERT – Costume Contact Lenses are no treat

For Halloween revelers looking to add that finishing touch to their costumes by wearing decorative contact lenses, think again. Those dazzling decorative lenses may contain chlorine and other harmful chemicals that pose a serious threat to vision. Japanese researchers recently published study findings that revealed that several varieties of the over-the-counter lenses contained the potentially […]

LED Eyelashes like Poltergeist -Stay away from the light!

The new rage in fashion makeup is LED eyelashes, a thin strip of LED lights that you stick just above your lash-line. Harmless? No. Those nifty LED strips can put your eyes at serious risk for damage. The LED strips do emit UV rays and with the close and constant pressure of the strips being […]

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 […]

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.