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Health Tip: Applying Eye Drops

Posted 9 May 2017 by

-- Applying eye drops without the excess trickling down your face can be tricky. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology suggests: Wash your hands, then take the bottle of eye drops and slowly rotate it for 30 seconds. Lean your head back and gently pull down the lower eyelid. Use your index finger to pull down the lid, or use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch the lower lid. Taking care to avoid the dropper touching your eye, let one drop fall into the pocket formed in your lower eyelid. If you are supposed to use more than one drop, wait three to four minutes before applying the second one. Close your eyes for a minute, then put gentle pressure over the spot where your eyelid joins with your nose. Replace the cap on the bottle. Use a tissue to wipe away any extra medicine, and wash your hands again. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Dry Eye Disease, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Inclusion Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Ocular Fungal Infection, Neonatal Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Health Tip: If Something's in Your Eye

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by

-- If you have something in your eye, rubbing it could cause a scratch called a corneal abrasion. To get something out of your eye, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Use clean water or saline solution to flush it out. Blink frequently, or gently pull the upper eyelid over the lower. Use a soft tissue or cotton swab to gently remove something that's on the white of your eye, but never do this when the object sits on the colored portion, called the cornea. Call your doctor at once if you can't get relief. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Eye Redness/Itching, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Corneal Abrasion

Health Tip: Putting Medicine in Your Eyes

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by

-- You may be wary about applying those new eyedrops prescribed by your doctor. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Use warm water and soap to wash your hands, then dry with a clean towel. Either grab a mirror or lie down before applying the medicine. Look up at the ceiling, then use one hand to pull down the lower eyelid. Hold the medicine in your other hand, resting on your forehead if needed. Without letting the tip of the bottle or tube touch the eye, gently place the medicine inside your lower eyelid. Then close your eye. If you are taking both an ointment and an eye drop, put the eye drop in first. Wait about five minutes before applying the ointment. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Blepharitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Ulcer, Ocular Herpes Simplex, Keratitis, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Corneal Abrasion, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Herpes Simplex Dendritic Keratitis, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block, Keratoconjunctivitis

Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Eyes

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by

T – Children can get eye injuries from everyday play or exposure to harmful objects. But parents can take steps to help prevent these injuries. The University of Michigan Health System suggests: Never let children throw things at each other. Establish a rule about never running while holding an object that is sharp, long or pointed. Store all cleaning products out of a child's reach. Store clothes hangers in the closet. Set a good example by wearing eye protection whenever needed. Schedule regular eye exams for your child. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Corneal Ulcer, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Abrasion

Most Contact Lens Wearers Take Chances With Their Eyes: CDC

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Most contact lens wearers close their eyes to safety recommendations, a new U.S. government study finds. Nearly all of the 41 million Americans who use contact lenses admit they engage in at least one type of risky behavior that can lead to eye infections, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Thursday. And nearly one-third of contact lens wearers have sought medical care for potentially preventable problems such as painful or red eyes, they said. "Good vision contributes to overall well-being and independence for people of all ages, so it's important not to cut corners on healthy contact lens wear and care," Dr. Jennifer Cope, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC, said in an agency news release. "We are finding that many wearers are unclear about how to properly wear and care for contact lenses," Cope said. CDC researchers ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Blepharitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Ulcer, Corneal Abrasion, Myopia, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Health Tip: Preventing Pinkeye

Posted 19 Jun 2015 by

-- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is a bacterial or viral infection that usually spreads very easily. To help prevent pinkeye, the Mayo Clinic advises: Keep your hands away from your eyes. Frequently wash your hands. Each day, use a clean washcloth and hand towel. Never share washcloths or pillows. Wash and change pillowcases often. Throw away mascara and other cosmetics if you have pinkeye. Never share cosmetics. Read more

Related support groups: Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Conjunctivitis - Allergic

Contact Lens Wearers May Have Different Eye Bacteria: Study

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by

SUNDAY, May 31, 2015 – Changes in bacteria populations may be one reason why people who wear contact lenses are more prone to eye infections, a new study suggests. "Our research clearly shows that putting a foreign object, such as a contact lens, on the eye is not a neutral act," senior study investigator Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a microbiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, said in a Langone news release. "What we hope our future experiments will show is whether these changes in the eye microbiome of lens wearers are due to fingers touching the eye, or from the lens's direct pressure affecting and altering the immune system in the eye and what bacteria are suppressed or are allowed to thrive," she added. For the study, researchers took samples from nine daily contact lens wearers and 11 others who didn't use contact lenses. They found that the types of bacteria in the eyes of ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Corneal Ulcer

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

Related support groups: Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial

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

Related support groups: Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Conjunctivitis - Allergic

Besivance Approved for Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Posted 29 May 2009 by

FRIDAY, May 29 – Besivance (besifloxacin ophthalmic suspension 0.6 percent) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat bacterial conjunctivitis, often dubbed "pink eye." The contagious infection is characterized by red eyes, swelling, sticky eyelids, itching, watering, and white or yellow discharge. Though common in children, it can occur in people of any age. The bacterial condition usually runs its course in two weeks or less. In clinical testing, adverse reactions from the eye drops were reported in fewer than 3 percent of people who used the drug, the FDA said in a news release. They included blurry vision, headache, and eye pain, irritation, and itching. Besivance is manufactured by Rochester, N.Y.-based Bausch & Lomb. More information This drug's history is available at the FDA's Web site. Read more

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