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Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it's a harmless, transient disease. But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the eyes. In rare cases, measles can trigger long-term vision problems and even blindness. Also, one or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's not as simple as you get the measles and that's it," said Dr. Jonathan Song, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Severe complications from measles can include brain swelling that – along with irritation or clouding of the eye's cornea – can rob children of their sight. "Almost all people who get ... Read more

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Alcon Receives FDA Approval of Pazeo (olopatadine HCl) Ophthalmic Solution for Allergic Conjunctivitis

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by

Basel, Switzerland, February 2, 2015 – Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Pazeo (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) 0.7%, for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. Pazeo solution is dosed one drop daily, and was approved with efficacy data at 24 hours, post dose. “Pazeo solution represents an important addition to our ocular allergy portfolio in the United States,” said Sabri Markabi, Senior Vice President, Research & Development for Alcon. “Patients who experience itching due to allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergies), will now be able to turn to a one-drop daily product with efficacy data 24 hours after dosing.” As much as 30% of the U.S. population is affected by seasonal allergy symptoms, and up to 70 to 80% of these demonstra ... Read more

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Improper Contact Lens Use Causes Millions of Eye Infections: CDC

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 – Millions of Americans misuse contact lenses – wearing them too long, not cleaning them properly – and that causes almost a million cases of eye infection in the United States annually, a new report finds. These infections are clinically known as keratitis, an infection of the cornea, the clear dome that covers the colored part of the eye. Keratitis can cause pain and inflammation and, in severe cases, even blindness, according to experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who authored the new report released Thursday. For the estimated 38 million Americans who wear contact lenses, the largest risk factor for this infection is the improper care of their lenses, agency experts said. "Contact lenses offer many benefits, but they are not risk-free," Dr. Jennifer Cope, a CDC medical epidemiologist, said during a news conference. "Keratitis ... Read more

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Tips for Preventing, Coping With Pinkeye

Posted 30 Sep 2013 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 28 – With children back in school, cases of a highly contagious infection called pinkeye (conjunctivitis) are likely to rise, an expert says. "This common medical condition is around all year. Since it can spread so easily it's more common when school is back is session and kids are in close contact and touching similar surfaces," Dr. Khalilah Babino, an urgent care physician at Loyola University Health System, said in a Loyola news release. Pinkeye is a hassle for students, parents and teachers, the release noted. The condition occurs when the conjunctiva – a membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and white portions of the eye – become red and swollen due to inflammation. "Contrary to popular belief pinkeye is not always due to a bacterial infection. It can also be caused by viruses, allergens and irritants. These types of conjunctivitis will typically ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should I See a Doctor for Pinkeye?

Posted 15 Apr 2013 by

-- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is a common infection that can cause redness, itching, swelling and discharge. Typically, pinkeye is not serious, but there are some symptoms that require a doctor's attention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pinkeye should be evaluated by a doctor if the infected person: Has severe or moderate pain in one or both eyes. Has sensitivity to light or blurred vision. Develops extreme redness in the eye. Has a weakened immune system. Has symptoms of a bacterial infection that don't begin to improve after 24 hours on an antibiotic. Has symptoms that continually worsen or don't get better. Has a preexisting eye condition that increases the risk of a more severe infection. Read more

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Health Tip: Identifying Pinkeye

Posted 5 Dec 2012 by

-- Conjunctivitis is an eye infection commonly called pinkeye. It's very common and is spread easily. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common symptoms of conjunctivitis include: Swelling and reddening of the whites of the eyes. Increased tear production. Discharge from the eyes that may be white, green or yellow. Eyes that burn, itch or feel sensitive to light. A gritty sensation in the eye. Crust development on the eyelids or lashes. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Spreading Pinkeye

Posted 11 Oct 2012 by

-- Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious infection that causes eye redness, discharge and irritation. The Nemours Foundation suggests how parents and children can help prevent the infection's spread: Teach your child to wash hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly. Never let children share eye drops, pillow cases, towels/washcloths, tissues or eye makeup. After you've treated an infected child's eyes, immediately and carefully wash your own hands. Safely discard any gauze or cotton balls used to clean your child's eye. Wash your child's linens in very hot water separately from the rest of the family's laundry. For children who get allergic conjunctivitis, frequently vacuum your home, and keep windows closed when outdoor allergen counts are high. Read more

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Breast-Feeding for 6 Months May Prevent Infant Infections

Posted 28 Sep 2010 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 28 – Children who derive all their nutrition from breast-milk during their first six months of life are less prone to a host of common infections, new Greek research says. And when infection strikes, the ensuing illness is typically less severe among children who are exclusively breast-fed (having ingested no substitute formula) in their first half year, the study authors stated. The research, led by Emmanouil Galanakis from the department of pediatrics at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece, is published in the Sept. 28 online edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. In 2004, Galanakis and his colleagues looked at the feeding patterns and infection rates among nearly 1,000 Greek infants from birth to 1 year of age. All the infants had received their routine vaccinations and all were deemed to have access to high-quality health care. The study authors ... Read more

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