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Complex contact lenses keep disabled vet rolling

Complex contact lenses keep disabled vet rolling

Created on: Monday, November 03, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Vision care professionals use complex contact lenses, a combination of soft and hard lenses, to help a veteran regain sight. “We put a soft lens on the cornea first, and then placed the rigid lens on top of that,” his doctor said. “We use that piggyback approach when the patient needs the hard lens for the optical correction, but we are unable to achieve an adequate fit and/or comfort with just the rigid lens. We use the soft lens as a bandage to help with fit and comfort.

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Does a higher body mass index increase cataract risk?

Does a higher body mass index increase cataract risk?

Created on: Monday, October 27, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome are just a few of the risks associated with excess body weight and obesity. Could cataract formation be yet another associated risk?

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Reiterates Position that Marijuana is Not Proven Treatment for Glaucoma

American Academy of Ophthalmology Reiterates Position that Marijuana is Not Proven Treatment for Glaucoma

Created on: Monday, October 20, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

The American Academy of Ophthalmology – the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons – is reminding the public that it does not recommend marijuana or other cannabis products for the treatment of glaucoma.

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How to Protect Your Eyes From the Negative Effects of Digital Devices and Blue Light

How to Protect Your Eyes From the Negative Effects of Digital Devices and Blue Light

Created on: Monday, October 06, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

A recent study by Bank of America shows that nearly half of U.S. consumers couldn't last a day without their mobile devices. It makes sense. Think about the first thing that you do in the morning. If you're like me, you're catching up on email before you even get out of bed. Then, you head straight to your computer at work and spend a majority of the day on it or using one of the many other digital devices that are available in today's increasingly-technological society.

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Simple Eye Exam Reveals How Much You Like Chocolate

Simple Eye Exam Reveals How Much You Like Chocolate

Created on: Monday, September 29, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

You know when you give a child a candy bar, and they seem to get a little twinkle of joy in their eyes? Maybe that's just a look of gratitude—or maybe it's all the dopamine floating around their retinas. A new study shows it could be possible to use an eye test to observe the chemical response someone gets while chowing down on chocolate.

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The Mind-Bending Science Of James Turrell's Art

The Mind-Bending Science Of James Turrell's Art

Created on: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Since his days as an undergraduate psychology major, he's been carefully exploring and manipulating the ways people's eyes and brains process light and space, reminding us that at a fundamental level, everything we see is illusion

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Foam Party Causes Corneal Abrasion And Vision Problems

Foam Party Causes Corneal Abrasion And Vision Problems

Created on: Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Foam parties, at which you dance in a club amid several feet of soapy bubbles, apparently still exist, which, fine, do what you want to do, kids. But! If you do go to one of these parties, do not rub your eyes, or you could end up with abrasions on your cornea and lack the ability to open your eyes.

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Glaucoma can affect children as well as the elderly

Glaucoma can affect children as well as the elderly

Created on: Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

While glaucoma is most common in people older than 65, the disease in rare cases can also affect children. As many as six million Americans have glaucoma, and more than 5,000 go blind from the disease every year. While glaucoma is most common in people older than 65, the disease in rare cases can also affect children. About 1 in 1 million infants are born with glaucoma

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Implanted Wireless Device Monitors Intraocular Pressure Long Term

Implanted Wireless Device Monitors Intraocular Pressure Long Term

Created on: Monday, August 04, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

A wireless device that was implanted in the eye of a glaucoma patient and monitored for well over a year measured intraocular pressure safely and accurately, researchers report

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Studying May Make You Nearsighted

Studying May Make You Nearsighted

Created on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Can too much studying ruin your eyesight? Maybe. A German study has found that the more education a person has, the greater the likelihood that he will be nearsighted.

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How Do You Get Pink Eye?

How Do You Get Pink Eye?

Created on: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

If you've seen a case of pink eye, you know it looks even worse than it sounds.

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, develops when the transparent membrane, or conjunctiva, lining the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball gets inflamed

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An interesting way a surfer removed a pterygium (a growth of tissue on the eye).  Don't try this at home folks!

An interesting way a surfer removed a pterygium (a growth of tissue on the eye). Don't try this at home folks!"

Created on: Monday, July 14, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Instead of getting surgery, an adventurous surfer in Hawaii sought a different approach to treat his eye condition — he dipped his head into the rushing water while surfing a gigantic, 30-foot (10 meters) wave, according to a new report of his case.

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Computer Use Associated With Dry Eye, Changes In Tear Mucin5AC.

Computer Use Associated With Dry Eye, Changes In Tear Mucin5AC.

Created on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Medscape (6/12, Hackethal) reports that according to a study published online June 5 in JAMA Ophthalmology, the use of “a computer for long hours is linked to dry eye disease and decreased concentrations of Mucin5AC (MUC5AC) in tears.” The study, which involved “96 volunteers (60 men, 36 women) employed as Japanese office workers, who completed questionnaires about their dry eye symptoms and daily computer use, which they categorized as short (<5 hours), intermediate (5 – 7 hours), and long (>7 hours),” is the first to associate “MUC5AC, which belongs to a group of protective substances in tears called mucins, with dry eye disease and computer use.”

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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Created on: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

This study was conducted by a group in Australia (Blue Mountain Eye Study) stating the mortality rate of patients with visual impairments who have had cataract surgery has decreased by 40% over the patients that haven't had cataract surgery. The study was performed on patients over the age of 49 and modifications to the study were made to compensate for health conditions; i.e. high blood pressure, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, and body mass index. It's not clear why the decrease, however if patients are able to see they tend to become more physically active, have a boost of confidence as well as the will to thrive.

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Keratitis-Causing Bacteria May Survive Longer In Contact Lens Solution Than Once Thought

Keratitis-Causing Bacteria May Survive Longer In Contact Lens Solution Than Once Thought

Created on: Friday, May 16, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

HealthDay (4/18, Preidt) reports that according to a study presented at a meeting of the Society of General Microbiology, “bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known.” Researchers found that strain 39016 of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is associated with microbial keratitis, appeared to survive in contact lens “solution for more than four hours.” The study authors “suggested that tests of contact lens solutions should determine if they can kill all P. aeruginosa strains.”

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Two New Therapies Promising For Alleviating Dry Eye Disease Symptoms

Two New Therapies Promising For Alleviating Dry Eye Disease Symptoms

Created on: Friday, May 16, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Medscape (5/2, Melville) reports that according to research presented April 27 at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2014 Symposium, “two new therapies tackle the tough-to-treat symptoms of dry eye disease by targeting the inflammation associated with the condition.” One study involved “EBI-005, a novel topical interleukin (IL)-1 receptor blocker.” The other study focused on “lifitegrast ophthalmic solution 5.0%.”

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Black InkTattoos and Eye inflammation and Sarcoidosis

Black InkTattoos and Eye inflammation and Sarcoidosis

Created on: Monday, April 28, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Uveitis is a type of inflammation in the eye that can cause blurred vision and light sensitivity. Uveitis can also be an indication of inflammation in the body. A rare cause of uveitis has been linked to tattoos. A John Hopkin's uveitis eye doctor has suggested that people who have a uveitis reaction to tattoos may also have an atypical or mild type of sarcoidosis. In these cases, only the black ink part of the tattoo becomes raised.

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Worsening Glaucoma could be related to your sleep position

Worsening Glaucoma could be related to your sleep position

Created on: Monday, April 14, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Researchers have suggested that worsening of glaucoma in your left or right eye could be related to sleeping on your left or right side. Studies have shown that sleeping on your side versus sleeping on your back can cause the eye pressure to be elevated up to 2mmHg in the downward facing eye. Further studies showed that subjects tended to sleep with their worst eye downward. Sleeping on your back may help prevent furthering glaucomatous eye damage.

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Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Created on: Monday, January 20, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

We probably all heard this one as a kid: "Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll strain your eyes!" Now fast forward to the age of smartphones, and everyone is constantly looking at a screen that's only a few inches away from their eyes.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, January 13, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

This month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. January is an important time to raise awareness and spread the word about glaucoma, its symptoms and its treatment. The disease is considered the "silent thief of sight" as there are virtually no symptoms associated with it and once vision is lost, it's gone for good. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before any sort of change is noticed. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but with early detection and treatment, its effects can be slowed down and further vision loss can be prevented. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of these individuals don't even know that they have the disease. With these numbers growing, it is very important to not only receive regular eye examinations, but to help raise awareness about the disease as well.

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Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Created on: Monday, December 23, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Most of us associate sunglasses with warm weather, hanging out at the beach, and other fun summertime activities, and while sunglasses are important for preventing UV damage to our eyes, most of us make the mistake of forgetting to wear our favorite shades during the cold, and sometimes snowy, winter months. Here are some important reasons why it is important to always remember to wear your sunglasses – any time of the year.

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December is National Safe Toy and Gifts Month

December is National Safe Toy and Gifts Month

Created on: Monday, December 02, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Children's bright eyes epitomize the spirit of the holiday season, but those same bright eyes can become weary and even injured without proper supervision during the holiday gift-giving season as toys and computer games can prove hazardous to children's vision. The Consumer Products and Safety Commission reports that more than 230,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms annually. Of those injured, approximately one third under the age of five and more than 45% of those injuries are to the head and face. Most eye injuries caused by toys are completely preventable. Many parents are simply unaware of what to look for to maximize children's eye safety when purchasing toys.

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Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Eye Conditions Caused By Stress

Created on: Monday, November 18, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Have you ever experienced an irritating eye twitch that just won't seem to end? How about dry eyes or blurred vision? Have you ever thought that these issues could be caused by stress? It's true, our eyes are an extension of our brain so whatever affects the various parts of our brain can actually interfere with our vision.

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Eye Health in the Office

Eye Health in the Office

Created on: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Experiencing red or watery eyes, blurred vision or difficulty focusing after a day at work can often be the result of staring at a computer screen for eight or more hours. Office environments can certainly take their toll on your eyes. Here are some common symptoms and simple solutions to help maintain healthy vision during your work day.

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day

Created on: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

World Sight Day takes place Thursday, October 10th. It is a global event that focuses on raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment as well as rehabilitation for those living with visual impairments. This event happens every year on the second Thursday in October.

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Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

Nighttime Driving and Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Our days are about to become darker even earlier with the fall season officially upon us, which means more nighttime driving. According to a national survey, 32% of drivers reported that they have trouble seeing in the dark. Most of these drivers have difficulty judging distance, identifying signs or exits, and struggle to see animals and pedestrians in roadways.

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Glaucoma and Why You Should Have Your Eyes Examined

Glaucoma and Why You Should Have Your Eyes Examined

Created on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of fluid inside your eye. There are two main types of glaucoma. One is primary open-angle glaucoma and the other is angle-closure glaucoma. These types of glaucoma are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure, or pressure inside of the eye. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease contributes to or causes increased eye pressure.

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August is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month

Created on: Monday, August 26, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

August can often be hectic as we rush to fit in the last bits of summer vacation before the school year starts and the weather cools down, but before you get too wrapped up in back-to-school or final summer plans, don't forget about planning ahead for healthy vision by scheduling an eye exam for you and your family.

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Cataracts

Cataracts

Created on: Monday, August 19, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

As we grow older our bodies experience many different changes, and our eyes are no exception to this rule. Usually as we age and our vision becomes more blurred, we assume that we probably need new glasses with a stronger prescription, but in fact, cataracts may be the culprit behind our declined vision.

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Heterochromia

Heterochromia

Created on: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

July 12th is Heterochromia Awareness Day. Only 11 out of every 1,000 Americans have heterochromia, a condition that results in two differently colored eyes.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Created on: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

According to Prevent Blindness America, the founders of Cataract Awareness Month, it is estimated that over 22 million Americans age 40 and over have cataracts. Cataracts are the clouding of the natural lens of the eye which leads to decreased vision. Cataracts make vision comparable to looking through a foggy windshield and are the most common cause of blindness and are conventionally treated with surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and a recent study found that cataract surgery patients had significantly reduced rates of hip fractures due to falls.

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June is UV Safety Month: Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

June is UV Safety Month: Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

Created on: Monday, June 03, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

June is here and that means summer is upon us! June also means that it's UV Safety Month - a great time to spread the message of sun, fun and the effects of UV rays. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, but can also damage your eyes if you leave them unprotected. It is always important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but it is especially important during the extended daylight hours of the summer.

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Sports and Eye Safety

Sports and Eye Safety

Created on: Monday, May 20, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

With warmer weather upon us, many of us are probably enjoying the sunshine by playing some recreational sports. Tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90% of these serious eye injuries are easily preventable through the use of protective eyewear. The risk of eye injury varies depending on the activity, so make sure the level of eye protection you use is appropriate to the sport. Regular eyeglasses will not offer you proper protection when it comes to the safety of your eyes and vision.

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May is Healthy Vision Month: Keep an Eye on Your Vision

May is Healthy Vision Month: Keep an Eye on Your Vision

Created on: Friday, May 03, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

May is Healthy Vision Month and offers up a great opportunity to learn about eye health and to make sure you and your family recognize the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams as a way to maintain healthy vision.

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What Causes Red Eye in Flash Photography?

What Causes Red Eye in Flash Photography?

Created on: Friday, April 12, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Have you ever wondered what causes eyes to appear red in photos? Usually this happens indoors or at night when the pupils are more dilated than usual. The light from camera flashes are generally located only a few inches from the camera's lens. When the flash goes off, light goes straight into the pupil and gets reflected off the back of the eye, and straight in to the camera lens. The effect is magnified with dilated pupils - that's why the "red eye" mode of cameras involves a pre-flash before the main flash so that pupils become smaller before the real picture is taken and red eyes are minimized.

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March is National Save Your Vision Month

March is National Save Your Vision Month

Created on: Monday, March 25, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

March is National Save Your Vision Month. While many of us think that having good vision simply means that our eyes are healthy, that is not always the case. Regular comprehensive eye exams can ensure that you not only keep your vision in great shape, but that you keep your eyes, and ultimately your body, healthy as well. Scheduling an eye exam is the first step to take in saving your vision.

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy During National Nutrition Month & Beyond

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy During National Nutrition Month & Beyond

Created on: Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

During the month of March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages individuals to focus their attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits during National Nutrition Month. By eating right, you also increase the opportunity to protect your vision by adding sight-saving nutrients to your daily diet. Fruits, vegetables, and fish make for delicious, healthy meals and snacks that contain nutrients and powerful antioxidants that are essential to maintaining healthy eyes.

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Exercise & Your Eyes

Exercise & Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

With the New Year in full swing, some of those resolutions we made might have gone by the wayside. But if getting into shape was one of your goals for 2013, there are plenty of reasons not to break that resolution, healthy eyesight being one of them.

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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, February 04, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Over 9 million people in the U.S. have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a painless eye disease that is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years of age. That statistic is expected to double over the next decade as baby boomers begin heading into retirement.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, January 21, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. It is an important time to spread the word and raise awareness about glaucoma, which is considered a thief of sight. There are virtually no symptoms associated with the disease and once vision is lost, it is gone for good. As much as 40% of one's vision can be lost before a change is noticed. This condition is considered the leading cause of preventable blindness.

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Resolve for Healthier Vision in 2013

Resolve for Healthier Vision in 2013

Created on: Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Each year most of us resolve to make changes that will result in longer, happier and healthier lives. Most people are determined that with the start of a new year they'll lose weight or kick unhealthy habits. This year why not add eye health to your resolutions? Here's a list of easy tips and simple solutions for healthier eyes and better vision in 2013.

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Keeping Your Eyes Safe This Holiday Season

Keeping Your Eyes Safe This Holiday Season

Created on: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

The holiday season is in full effect and for most of us it's a time that we all look forward to as it means attending parties, relaxing, and spending time with the people we love most. It is meant to be a time of joy and celebration. Do not let preventable eye injuries ruin your time with family and friends this season. Parents should be especially aware of the potential holiday eye hazards that could affect their children. By simply following a few helpful tips you can ensure that your holidays will be safe, merry, and bright!

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How Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Vision

How Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Vision

Created on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

In today's fast paced and hectic world it is very common to miss out on getting enough restful sleep each night. The challenge of balancing proper rest with everything else that needs to get done in a day can be very tricky. However, many are not aware that not getting enough rest can wreak havoc on your eyesight. While it's obvious that lack of sleep can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes, not getting enough rest can interfere with your eye health.

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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Created on: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Diabetic eye disease is one of the major causes of vision loss in adults. When the sugar levels in the blood are high, it is very stressful on the blood vessels all over the body, putting individuals at high risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. In the eye, blood vessels can start to leak or bleed in reaction to high blood sugar. This swelling in the retina can decrease vision, so it's best detected and treated early.

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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Created on: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

In an effort to educate the public about the importance of safe vision, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared October as National Eye Injury Prevention Month. The hope is that by sharing some of the most common vision accidents and causes, as well as helpful tips on how to maintain healthy vision, people can avoid these injuries that happen each and every year.

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October 11th is World Sight Day

October 11th is World Sight Day

Created on: Monday, October 08, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness created to help focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of those with visual impairments. Each year the event is held on the second Thursday of October.

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5 Tips to Help You See Better in The Digital World

5 Tips to Help You See Better in The Digital World

Created on: Friday, September 21, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

When thinking about how to describe the world we live in one word generally comes to mind: connected. Everywhere we go we're usually carrying around some sort of device that keeps us connected to something important to us. Whether it's a tablet, smart phone or a computer that we're using to stay in touch, we sometimes forget to take into consideration two very important devices that keep us connected to the world better than anything else: our eyes.

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August is Cataract Awareness Month

August is Cataract Awareness Month

Created on: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

August is National Cataract Awareness Month. During the month of August be sure to focus on your vision and talk to your doctor if you believe you are at risk for cataracts. Since cataracts develop over years, gradual changes in vision can become the norm for most individuals suffering from the condition and therefore become ignored longer than necessary. Some people even describe cataracts as looking through a "dirty windshield".

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A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Vision, Here Are Some Tips to Improve Your Summer Snacking

A Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Vision, Here Are Some Tips to Improve Your Summer Snacking

Created on: Friday, July 20, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

If you want to improve your vision, you had better start with your diet because healthy vision starts with healthy eating habits. Fruits, vegetables, and fish make for healthy, light, delicious meals and snacks during the warm summer months and contain nutrients and powerful antioxidants that are essential to healthy eyes.

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The Effects of Indoor Tanning on Your Eyes

The Effects of Indoor Tanning on Your Eyes

Created on: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Have you been thinking about perhaps getting a jump start on your summer tan by heading to your local tanning salon? Most people know that ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage and even cancer, but did you know that indoor tanning can also have harmful effects on your eyes?

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