Stay informed on the latest developments regarding ensuring the right eye care for all Texans.

Fireworks & Your Eyes: The Dangers Are Real

Every year, people suffer serious eye injuries from backyard fireworks displays. Most of the victims are children and bystanders located nowhere near the pyrotechnics. As Independence Day nears, Safe Vision Texas and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are working to dispel the myths that put people at risk of blindness.

The Texas Sun: What About Sunglasses?

It’s hot in Texas, and sunglasses are one of the first things that we think about when we step outside. But not all sunglasses are created equal. While the choices are endless, there’s only one thing that tops all sunglass considerations and it has nothing to do with price or brand names. It’s all about the UV protection. Safe Vision Texas and the American Academy of Ophthalmology want you to know that selecting sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation is the best way to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.

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."