Wearing Eye Protection Prevents Players from Injury

Wearing Eye Protection Prevents Players from Injury

April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness month.  Sports-related eye injuries cause an estimated 100,000 doctor visits each year.

Yet, most of these injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection. In fact, a recent study of high school field hockey players shows that traumatic eye injuries fell 67 percent after eye protection became mandatory.[1]

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Ophthalmologists Say Work Related Eye Injuries Can be Avoided

Ophthalmologists Say Work Related Eye Injuries Can be Avoided

On-the-job safety goes well beyond avoiding slips, falls, and heavy lifting. Caring for your eyes should be a high priority and part of an overall workplace wellness routine. This is important because each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain work related eye injuries that requires medical treatment[1]. However, 90 percent of these accidents can be avoided by wearing eye protection[2]. As part of an ongoing effort to stress the importance of workplace eye wellness, Scottsdale Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, during the month of March, is encouraging the public to do right by their eyes and wear appropriate eye protection.

Caring for your eyes on the job should not be limited to those who do physical labor. People who spend long hours working on a computer can experience eye discomfort and work related eye injuries. Focusing on small font type for hours on end can cause eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched and red, causing eyes to become dry from lack of blinking. This happens frequently as computer screens or other digital displays reduce a person’s blink rate by as much as 50 percent[5].

The Academy provides tips to help avoid work related eye injuries:

  • Wear protective eyewear: Ensure that your eye protection is appropriate for the type of hazard that may be present in your workplace, such flying debris, falling objects, chemicals, intense light, and heat. Your eyewear must be American National Standards Institute ANSI-approved and OSHA compliant. You must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shield or helmet if you are near hazardous radiation welding, chemicals, lasers or fiber optics.
  • Position your computer 25 inches away: If you are working on a desktop computer, try placing the monitor at an arm’s length away from your face. You may need to adjust the font size to appear larger at that distance.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Eye strain and dry eye occur after long, continuous periods of viewing digital screens up close. To help alleviate this, take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking at a distance allows your eyes to relax and return to a regular rate of blinking again. Normally, people blink about 14 times a minute[6] and with every blink, your eyes are lubricated with fluid that contains moisturizing elements, including oil.
  • Reduce glare on your smartphone and digital screen: While many new phones and digital devices have glass screens with excellent picture quality, they also produce a strong glare that can aggravate the eyes. If you use a glass screen device, adjust the low light filter setting to lower screen brightness or use a matte filter to reduce eye strain.
  • Adjust environmental lighting at your work: If your computer screen is brighter than your office surroundings, your eyes need to work harder to see. You can reduce eye strain by adjusting the lighting in your surroundings.

 

“It takes only a few seconds to protect yourself from eye related issues that can cause vision problems,” said Brenda Pagán-Durán, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “I can’t stress enough the importance of incorporating eye wellness into your daily routine; whether it’s simply adjusting the setting on your computer monitor, or wearing appropriate protection to avoid serious eye injury. This is truly an ounce of prevention that can safeguard your vision.”

Taking care of your vision is important and having your eyes examined frequently is the first step in preventive care!  Call our office at 480-994-1872 to make an appointment or visit or online at www.scottsdaleeye.com/appointment 

 

[1] https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/health-pdfs/HVMPreventingInjuries_Tagged.pdf

[2] http://www.ishn.com/articles/103615-of-workplace-eye-injuries-could-be-lessened-or-prevented-with-safety-eyewear-use

[3] https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection

[4] http://www.ishn.com/articles/98066-workplace-eye-injuries-by-the-numbers

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21275516

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17099391

 

Eating Healthy Prevents AMD

Eating Healthy Prevents AMD

Eating healthy is the starting point for a healthy lifestyle and a better quality of life.  We all know our diet can affect everything from our weight to our heart but recently it’s been discovered that eating healthy can have a major impact on your vision and preventing Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

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Early Detection Critical to Treating Glaucoma

Early Detection Critical to Treating Glaucoma

Early Detection Critical to Treating Glaucoma

Scottsdaley Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind the public of the importance of eye exams

 

Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss worldwide. It affects more than 3 million people in the United States—nearly half of whom are unaware they have the disease. During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, Scottsdale Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public that early detection and treatment can help protect your sight.

 

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the retina to the brain. Typically, the disease initially has no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreversible blindness.

 

The Academy recommends that everyone have a comprehensive eye exam at age 40. This exam provides ophthalmologists and optometrists an opportunity to carefully examine the eye including the optic nerve for signs of damage and other possible problems that may affect vision. Individuals at greater risk for developing glaucoma include people:

 

  • over age 40;
  • of African, Asian or Hispanic heritage;
  • who have high eye pressure detected during an eye exam;
  • who are farsighted or nearsighted;
  • who have experienced eye trauma or eye injury;
  • whose corneas are thin in the center;
  • or who have health problems such as diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure or poor blood circulation.

 

Appropriate treatment for glaucoma depends on the specific type and severity of the disease. Medicated eye drops or laser treatments are the most common initial approach. These techniques work by lowering eye pressure to reduce the amount of fluid in the eye, and by increasing fluid outflow from the eye.

 

“Glaucoma is typically symptomless to patients; however, permanent, irreversible vision loss can already be taking place,” said Andrew G. Iwach, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Early detection is paramount to avoiding blindness and managing this disease.
 

For more information on glaucoma or other eye conditions and diseases, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® website.

 

Don’t wait! If you have not been in for a comprehensive eye exam call our office at 480-994-1872 and make an appointment today!

5 Cataract Facts and Myths

5 Cataract Facts and Myths

5 Cataract facts and myths. Though cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide, myths persist about their cause and treatment. Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans aged 40 and older. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute.

cataract facts

“Cataracts are not preventable, but they are treatable,” said Richard P. Mills, MD, “and the best way to ensure vision stays healthy for a lifetime is to schedule a visit with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. In fact, more than 90 percent of the people who have cataract surgery regain useful vision.”

Separating Cataract Fact from Fiction

Cataracts are a natural result of aging. As the eye’s lens, which sits behind the pupil, grows older, its cells die and accumulate, turning the lens yellowed and cloudy. The result is blurred vision and “fuzzy” images. Eye injuries, certain medications and diseases such as diabetes are also known to cause cataracts. In the early stages, stronger lighting and eyeglasses may lessen vision problems caused by cataracts. But at a certain point, cataract surgery—the most frequently performed operation in the United States—may be necessary to improve vision.

 

Five Common Cataract facts and myths to Dispel

MYTH 1: Eye drops can prevent or dissolve cataracts.

FACT: No. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any drops that cure or delay cataracts. Some products claim they can prevent cataracts, but cataract formation is a natural part of the eye’s aging process. Other products claim they can “dissolve” cataracts. But since cataracts are not a “substance,” there is nothing for the drops to dissolve.

 

MYTH 2: Close-up tasks like reading or sewing make cataracts worse.

FACT: No. Cataracts are not caused by how people use their eyes. However, cataracts likely become more noticeable during close work. One sign of a cataract is the need for more light to do the same activities well.

 

MYTH 3: Cataracts are reversible.

FACT: No. The lens naturally clouds as it ages. This process is unavoidable. However, its progress can be slowed by quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet and wearing sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

 

MYTH 4: Cataract surgery is dangerous, and recovery takes months.

FACT: No. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most highly perfected surgical procedures in medicine, with a 95 per cent success rate. Of course, as with any surgery, risks do exist and should be discussed with a doctor before the procedure. Patients will need to avoid dunking their eye under swimming pool water for up to two weeks after the procedure, as well as refrain from rubbing or pressing the eye. Normal activities may be resumed the day after surgery. Cataract patients often notice vision improvement immediately following surgery, and others will notice more gradual improvement for a few months afterward.

 

MYTH 5: Cataracts “grow back.”

FACT: No. Cataracts develop as the lens’ cells die and accumulate; they are not a “growth” that sits on top of the eye. Patients often develop a different, secondary cataract, though. If the membrane that holds the new lens implant becomes cloudy, vision can be compromised. But this can easily be treated with laser surgery, a painless, 2-minute procedure.

These 5 Cataract facts and myths are the most popular questions and concerns patients may have.  For more information about cataracts and cataract surgery please call our office at 480-994-1872 to make an appointment!

 

 

This article modified and reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® program (www.geteyesmart.org).

UV-A Light and Cataracts

UV-A Light and Cataracts

We spend so much time in our vehicles driving to and from work, running errands, or carting the kids all over town, but are we getting the protection we need from the sun?

A Recent assessment on automobiles was conducted to assess the levels of ultraviolet light protection in windshields and driver side windows. This study was done after recent findings that associated Ultraviolet-A light (UV-A) with an increased risk for skin cancer and cataracts.

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Vision Problems are Common in Children with Hearing Loss

Vision Problems are Common in Children with Hearing Loss

Vision Problems are Common in Children with Hearing Loss

Did you know? About one-fifth of children who have a particular type of hearing loss also have visual disorders, according to a recent study.

An estimated one to three children out of 1,000 has some degree of sensorineural hearing loss, which occurs as a result of abnormalities in the inner ear or in the auditory center of the brain. Half of all cases in children result from environmental causes and half from genetic causes; one gene accounts for a large proportion of sensorineural hearing loss cases in Caucasian patients.

Because children with hearing loss rely heavily on their other senses, undiscovered visual problems could have further harmful effects on their development and untreated visual problems can become worse.

Since there is a correlation between hearing loss and vision loss in children frequent eye exams are extremely important. Eye examinations for all children with sensorineural hearing loss can lead to early diagnosis and to help minimize visual problems and significantly help children with hearing loss.

If your child has been diagnosed with hearing loss make an appoint now to get your child’s eye’s examined! Call our office at 480-994-1872 to make an appointment today or make an appointment online! 

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart™ campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).

Medical Myth: Will My Child Outgrow Crossed Eyes?

Medical Myth: Will My Child Outgrow Crossed Eyes?

MYTH: “Children outgrow crossed or misaligned eyes”

One question eye doctors hear from time to time is “will my child outgrow crossed eyes?”

Crossed eyes or Strabismus is a condition that affects the muscles in the eyes and prevents them from looking at the same place at the same time.  With this condition one eye will focus in on the object you are viewing while the other eye is misaligned looking either upward, downward or inward.  Strabismus can affect just one eye or can be intermittent between both eyes.

This condition can be present at birth or can develop in childhood.  Children with a family history of strabismus may be at a higher risk.  Most children are diagnosed between the ages of 1 and 4 years old.

Here is a great chart From All About Vision that shows the symptoms of misaligned eyes.

crossed eyes

Photo Credit: AllAboutVision.com

False. Children do not outgrow crossed eyes.  A child whose eyes are misaligned may develop poor vision.  The straight or straighter of the two eyes becomes dominant and the brain can “turn off” or ignore images from the weaker eye and a lazy eye may develop.  If left untreated the unused or misaligned eye will not develop good vision and can affect the development of depth perception.

Children with symptoms of misaligned eyes should be examined and treated as soon as possible by an eye doctor.  less invasive treatment for crossed eyes can include eye glasses if the child has farsightedness, an eye patch can be worn over the good eye to help strengthen the muscles in the weaker of the two eyes, or eye drops to blur the vision in the stronger eye to encourage muscled development in the weaker eye.  If those treatments do not work to correct the misaligned eye surgery can be performed to repair the muscles in the weaker eye.
If your child is presenting symptoms of misaligned eyes call our office at 480-994-1872 to make an appointment today or make an appointment online! 

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart Campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).

Caregiver Teen Receives The Gift of Sight!

Caregiver Teen Receives The Gift of Sight!

Scottsdale Eye Physicians and Surgeons along with The Aid Foundation and Channel 3’s Surprise Squad had the privilege of helping a deserving valley teen!

Melanie is a straight A teen and instead of doing what most kids her age do in their free time, she spends it taking care of her disabled mother.  Melanie and her mother did not have the resources available for her to be seen by an eye doctor or pay for the eyeglasses she so desperately needed.

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When The Aid Foundation and AZ Family’s Surprise Squad reached out to us here at Scottsdale Eye Physicians informing us of the need of this young teen had we jumped at the opportunity to help.  Melanie came into our office and was able to get an eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses for free!

Aid.org surprise squad

All of us here at Scottsdale Eye Physicians and Surgeons were so honored to be apart of this amazing surprise helping this young teen with the gift of sight!

Watch the full video from AZ Family’s Surprise Squad here!

To find out more about the Aid Foundation and what they do to help those that are less fortunate around the valley head over to their website Aid.org!

Could Bananas Prevent Blindness?

New research conducted to find out if Bananas prevent blindness

The big question researchers having been asking is can bananas prevent blindness?

Carotenoids, pigments found in Bananas have now been shown to help prevent blindness and are an important vitamin in the foundation of eye health!  A study recently published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, outlines a more in depth knowledge of how bananas create and store Carotenoids.

The study focused on two types of bananas the pale yellow Cavendish banana as well as the orange Asupina banana. They found that the Cavendish or yellow banana, what we typically find in our grocery stores today, produce low levels of Carotenoids but high levels of an enzyme needed to break it down. The orange Asupina banana, not as popular and well known, produces larger quantities of Carotenoids and stockpiles it in small sacs during the ripening process.

Banana prevent blindness

Researchers say these findings will provide the information needed to develop and breed bananas that contain more carotenoids and in turn can be a super food for our eyes!  Adding foods that protect your vision to your diet is always recommended, for more foods that protect your vision check out this post and also read about this new study that shows blueberries now protect against Dry Eye Syndrome!

As always Scottsdale Eye Physicians and Surgeons is here to provide our patients with the vision and comfort they desire!  Call our office at 480-994-1872 to make an appointment with one of our Eye Doctors!

 

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