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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, Uveitis, Conjunctivitis, Keratitis, Corneal Ulcer, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Abrasion, Dry Eye Disease, 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, Retinal Disorders, Eye Redness/Itching, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Vitreomacular Adhesion, Color Vision Defect (Acquired), Refraction - Assessment

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, Corneal Abrasion, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis

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, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis

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, Keratitis, Ocular Herpes Simplex, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Ulcer, Corneal Abrasion, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Herpes Simplex Dendritic Keratitis, Blepharoconjunctivitis, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), 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, Corneal Ulcer, Corneal Abrasion, Eye Redness/Itching, Myopia, Visual Defect/Disturbance

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

Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Conjunctivitis, Measles

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

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Conjunctivitis, Pataday, Olopatadine, Conjunctivitis - Allergic

Improper Contact Lens Use Causes Millions of Eye Infections: CDC

Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Conjunctivitis

Tips for Preventing, Coping With Pinkeye

Posted 30 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

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

Related support groups: Conjunctivitis

Health Tip: Should I See a Doctor for Pinkeye?

Posted 15 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

-- 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

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