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How Are Texas Ophthalmologists Approaching the April 8 Eclipse?

Texans will experience the total solar eclipse on April 8, and protecting your eyes will be critical. If you get a chance to see it, make sure to protect your eyes. Looking at the sun without a solar filter, whether through a camera lens or with your bare eyes, can severely damage your eyes and cause vision loss. Texas ophthalmologists are fielding a number of questions about eye safety related to the eclipse, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology provides several important tips.

Pickleball Eye Injuries Are a Real Concern

America’s fastest-growing sport has a lot to offer in terms of exercise and social activity. But it isn’t all fun and games: Some players have experienced injuries ranging from a black eye — like the one actress Michelle Pfeiffer received — to a vision-threatening tear in the retina. There’s no need to set down your paddle, however. The sport can still be safely enjoyed with proper eye protection. Whether you’re new to the sport or consider yourself a pickleball pro, here’s what you need to know to safeguard your eyes and vision. 

What Is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists. Optometrists. Opticians. Osteopaths. Orthopaedists. Otolaryngologists. Obstetricians. The terms can get confusing, and you could say: “It’s all Greek to me.” (No pun intended.)But what exactly is an ophthalmologist?

Does Marijuana Help Treat Glaucoma or Other Eye Conditions? January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Both supermodel Christie Brinkley and Bono, the lead singer of U2, were diagnosed with glaucoma during routine eye exams. Both were also surprised by the diagnosis since they weren’t experiencing problems with their vision. That’s the sinister nature of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide: People with glaucoma can lose most of their vision before they experience symptoms. Once vision is lost, it cannot be regained. That’s why Safe Vision Texas and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are urging people over age 40 to get regular eye screenings to protect their good vision.

What Are Ophthalmologists Buying for Their Kids This Holiday Season?

Ophthalmologists have long cautioned against purchasing toys that pose a danger to children’s eyes. This year we’re adding digital devices to our usual list of BB guns, Nerf guns, and slingshots. That’s because evidence is mounting that too much screen time and not enough time outside may be behind the recent rise in nearsightedness in children. We know reducing screen time has been especially challenging for parents during the pandemic. To help, Safe Vision Texas and the American Academy of Ophthalmology released a screen-free holiday gift guide focused on healthy kids and healthy eyes. 

Here’s Why People With Diabetes Shouldn’t Skip Eye Appointments

Things happen: appointments are forgotten, other health issues crop up, financial problems happen. But missing eye exams may be vision-threatening for patients with diabetes. Safe Vision Texas joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reiterating the importance of eye exams during the month of November, which is observed as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month.

It's Almost Halloween: "Costume Contacts Scarred My Eye"

Just 10 hours after she first put in a pair of colored contact lenses that she’d bought at a souvenir shop, Laura Butler of Parkersburg, W.Va., had "extreme pain in both eyes," she said. "Because I had not been properly fitted by an eye care professional, the lenses stuck to my eye like a suction cup."

Bags Under Eyes: What Do Ophthalmologists Say?

Texans encounter a lot of advertisements and information pieces about treating bags under eyes. But what do ophthalmologists, who are physicians (MDs and DOs) with the highest level of eye training, think about treating bags under eyes?

Why Millennials Should Act Now: Avoid Eye Problems Later in Life

As the global population continues to expand, eye disease is becoming more and more common. By the year 2050, an estimated 895 million people worldwide may develop eye conditions, according to a report in The Lancet. That’s a 150% increase over the next 30 years. If you're in your 20s or 30s, you probably don't spend much time thinking about eye disease or vision care. But this is exactly the time you should be acting to prevent future vision loss. Most eye problems are preventable with simple healthy habits.

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