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6 Out of 7 Teens Slip Up on Contact Lens Guidelines: CDC

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – About 6 out of 7 U.S. teens with contact lenses use them improperly, upping their odds for serious eye infections, government health officials say. Surveying 12- to 17-year-old contact-lens wearers last year, researchers found 85 percent admit to at least one risky habit that could threaten their vision. These include sleeping, napping or swimming with their contacts in; reusing solution; rinsing lenses in tap water; or not replacing lenses and storage cases as recommended, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. About 3.6 million adolescents in the United States wear contact lenses, the CDC said. Outbreaks of serious eye infections are rare in this country. But they occur most often in people who don't take proper care of their contacts. Of teens under 18 who wear contacts, an estimated 3 million weren't completely following ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Dry Eye Disease, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Ulcer, Keratitis, Corneal Abrasion, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Nicox Receives FDA Approval of Zerviate (cetirizine ophthalmic solution) 0.24%

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

Sophia Antipolis, France, May 31, 2017 – Nicox S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), the international ophthalmic R&D company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the New Drug Application (NDA) for Zerviate1 (cetirizine ophthalmic solution 0.24%; formerly AC-170) the first topical ocular formulation of this well-known antihistamine, for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. “Receiving approval from the U.S. FDA for Zerviate is a huge milestone for Nicox and partnering discussions are underway for U.S. commercialization rights,” commented Michele Garufi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nicox. “We expect to further solidify our position as a leading ophthalmic R&D company with the anticipated FDA decision on VyzultaTM2, which is licensed worldwide to Bausch + Lomb, and the expected commencement of Ph ... Read more

Related support groups: Cetirizine, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Zerviate

Health Tip: Applying Eye Drops

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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, Dry Eye Disease, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Inclusion Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block, Ocular Fungal Infection, Neonatal Conjunctivitis

Zika Virus May Also Harm the Heart

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Zika may cause heart problems in some people infected with the mosquito-borne virus, researchers report. A new study has identified nine Venezuelan patients who suffered from heart problems shortly after coming down with Zika virus symptoms. Eight of the nine patients developed dangerous heart rhythm disorders, and two-thirds had evidence of heart failure, a condition in which the heart isn't pumping enough blood to meet the body's needs. Lead researcher Dr. Karina Gonzalez Carta said doctors should consider electrocardiograms (ECG) for all Zika-infected patients, and follow-up testing if an irregular heartbeat is detected. "While we anticipated we would see cardiovascular effects from Zika, we were surprised at the severity of the findings," said Carta, a Venezuelan native, and a cardiologist and research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. This is ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Heart Disease, Conjunctivitis, Hydrocephalus, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Zika Virus Infection

Parents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of School

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – American parents don't always agree when to keep their children home sick from school, a new poll reveals. The poll included almost 1,500 parents nationwide. All had at least one child aged 6 to 18. The research found that 75 percent had kept their child home sick from school at least once in the past year. The main reasons for keeping a child home were concerns their illness would get worse or spread to classmates. But the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that parents have differing views about how sick is too sick. Or the importance of sick day consequences, such as parents missing work or kids missing tests. Parents of children aged 6 to 9 were more likely to say that health-related concerns were a very important factor in keeping children home from school. Among parents of high schoolers, 40 ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Cough, Diarrhea, Eye Conditions, Bacterial Infection, Fever, Influenza, Eye Dryness/Redness, Diarrhea, Chronic, Cough and Nasal Congestion, Conjunctivitis, Viral Infection, Blepharitis, Diarrhea, Acute

Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School

Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – It's only a matter of time after school begins before parents have to deal with a child who doesn't feel well enough to go. If your child complains of a headache, he or she probably isn't faking, said Dr. Jennifer Caudle. She is an assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. Stress, lack of sleep or changes in diet can all contribute to headaches in children at the start of a new school year, she said in a university news release. Most headaches can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Parents should seek medical attention if their child has a headache related to injury. Medical attention is also needed if a child complaining of headache has a fever and stiff neck, or if vision is affected, the headache doesn't go away or if it causes the child to miss school or other activities, she ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Influenza, Cold Symptoms, Sore Throat, Conjunctivitis

Improper Use of Contact Lenses Can Trigger Serious Eye Damage, CDC Says

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – Unsafe use of contact lenses – such as sleeping with them in place or using the same pair for too long – is triggering serious eye injuries for many Americans, a new report finds. In fact, eye damage occurred in nearly 20 percent of contact lens-related eye infections reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over 10 years, researchers say. "Improper wear and care of contact lenses can cause eye infections that sometimes lead to serious, long-term damage," Michael Beach, who directs the Healthy Water Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an agency news release. One eye specialist believes many Americans don't take contact lens hygiene seriously enough. "There is a serious health crisis with contact lens-related eye injuries," said Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Uveitis, Dry Eye Disease, Corneal Ulcer, Eye Redness/Itching, Keratitis, Corneal Abrasion, Keratoconjunctivitis

Health Tip: Help Protect Your Vision

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- You pay regular visits to your family doctor and dentist, so why not your eye doctor? Regular eye exams can prevent or spot serious problems that could lead to impaired sight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests seeing an eye doctor promptly if you have: Difficulty seeing properly, including double vision. Redness of your eye, draining or eye pain. Floaters, small specks that seem to "float" in front of your eyes. Diabetes. Halos that appear to surround lights. Visions that appear to resemble flashes of light. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Conjunctivitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Retinal Disorders, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Vitreomacular Adhesion, Refraction - Assessment, Color Vision Defect (Acquired)

Health Tip: If Something's in Your Eye

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- 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, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Corneal Abrasion

Health Tip: Soothing Pinkeye Discomfort

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Pinkeye is a highly contagious eye infection that's common in children. Experts say there are steps you can take at home to help those itchy eyes feel better. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests: For pinkeye that's triggered by an allergy, create a cool compress using a damp, wrung-out clean cloth. Be sure to use a different cloth for each eye to avoid spreading the infection. Apply a warm compress for pinkeye caused by a virus or bacteria. Use lubricating eye drops, which are available over the counter. See a doctor if symptoms don't improve. Read more

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

Health Tip: Putting Medicine in Your Eyes

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- 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, Ocular Herpes Simplex, Keratitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Ulcer, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Corneal Abrasion, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Herpes Simplex Dendritic Keratitis, Blepharoconjunctivitis, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Eyes

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Myopia

Health Tip: Preventing Pinkeye

Posted 19 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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

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