Even though we can celebrate together this Fourth of July, continue to keep your distance from fireworks – a lot of distance. 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 is working to dispel the myths that put people at risk of blindness.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends an eye disease screening for all aging adults.
When Should You See an Ophthalmologist?
- For people with no eye problems or risk factors at age 40.
- For people with eye conditions or risk factors.
Nearly 30,000 people suffer sports-related eye injuries every year. An astounding 90 percent of these ER visits could have been avoided if the athlete wore protective eyewear. Even the most low intensity sports activities pose some risk for eye injuries. From basketball to racquetball, from youth leagues to the pros, players need to protect their eyes. As kids begin to resume their favorite sports, Safe Vision Texas and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are reminding the public that the best defense against potentially blinding sports-related injuries is wearing protective eyewear.
As home and office space merged during the pandemic, many people said they spent more time in front of screens and suffered because of it. They complained of eye strain, headaches, and dry eye, and worried that they might be doing permanent damage to their vision. Now comes a new survey suggesting that two-thirds of businesses expect that their temporary work-from-home policies will become permanent post pandemic.
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?
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss, affecting about 3 million people in the United States. Because there are no symptoms early on, about half of people with the disease don’t know they have it. Once vision is lost to glaucoma, it can’t be regained
During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, Safe Vision Texas is reminding the public that early detection and treatment, combined with some lifestyle choices, can help protect your sight.
Running out of gift ideas for the kids? Skip the blue light-blocking glasses and buy your child something that will finally get them off their screens. Here is what ophthalmologists are keeping in mind as they put together their own holiday shopping lists.
Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States among adults aged 20 to 74 and is the fifth most common cause of preventable blindness globally. Among the 30 million Americans with diabetes, about one-third have diabetic retinopathy, the potentially blinding complication of diabetes.
Halloween is just around the corner, and many Texans might be tempted to purchase costume or decorative contact lenses as part of their costume. But the reality is that a contact lens is a medical device that requires proper fitting and a prescription by an eye care professional, such as an ophthalmologist. Otherwise, an improperly worn contact lens can cause damage to an eye.