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Health Tip: What to Do if You Scratch Your Eye

Posted 8 days ago by

-- If your eye hurts, you feel like there's something stuck in your eye or you have tearing or redness, you may have scratched your eye. If you think that's the case, the American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests: See an eye doctor without delay. Rinse your eye with saline solution or clean water using an eyecup or a small clean glass. The fluid may help flush any foreign object. Blink ...

First Artificial Iris is Approved

Posted 31 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – The first artificial iris to replace the colored section of the eye that surrounds the pupil has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many people who are candidates for the device were born with a condition called aniridia, a rare genetic disorder in which the iris is missing or damaged. The condition affects 1 in 50,000 to 100,000 people in the ...

FDA Approves 1st Artificial Iris

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its OK to the first artificial iris – the colored part of the eye that surrounds the pupil. The surgically implanted device can be used on adults and children whose iris is missing, has been damaged by a congenital condition called aniridia, or has been injured, the agency said in a news release. "Patients with ...

Scientists Create First 3D-Printer Corneas

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – These days, medical advances seem to be happening in the blink of an eye. Now, British scientists report they have created human corneas using 3D-printing technology. The researchers said they hope this breakthrough will one day ensure an unlimited supply of corneas. Human corneas are now in short supply. Yet, there are 10 million people around the world who need them ...

Health Tip: Safe Driving Tips for Older Adults

Posted 29 May 2018 by

-- Driving can become more difficult as people age and their eyesight changes. It may be harder to read signs and to see in the dark or during blinding sunshine. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests these safe-driving tips for older adults: If you're 65 or older, see your eye doctor at least every 2 years. Ask if there are ways to improve your eyesight. If you need glasses or contact ...

5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

Posted 25 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Your risk of vision problems increases with age, but there are things you can do to protect your sight, eye doctors say. By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. But early treatment of many of these conditions can slow or halt vision loss, or even restore normal vision, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To help save your ...

Health Tip: Treating a Black Eye

Posted 23 May 2018 by

-- Black eyes are common among kids who play sports. Most cases can be treated with self-care at home. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests how to safely treat a black eye: Use an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, once every hour, to reduce swelling and ease pain. Use a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes wrapped in cloth if an ice pack is not available. Do not use raw meat on a ...

Sun's UV Rays a Threat to Your Eyes, Too

Posted 12 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – It's not just your skin that needs protection from ultraviolet rays, health experts warn. UV rays from the sun can cause corneal sunburn (photokeratitis) and UV damage that has been linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, cancer and pterygium (a growth on the white part of the eye), according to Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety group. The group has ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Sports

Posted 1 May 2018 by

-- Eye injuries are a leading cause of childhood blindness in the United States, the U.S. National Eye Institute says. Baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, squash, fencing, racquetball and lacrosse are just some of the high-risk sports for eye injuries, the institute says. It offers this additional advice about protective eyewear: Prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses do not ...

After Age 50, Yearly Eye Checks May Catch Common Cause of Vision Loss

Posted 29 Apr 2018 by

SATURDAY, April 28, 2018 – As the U.S. population ages, vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration is likely to increase, an ophthalmologist says. Adults over 50 should get an annual test for the condition, said Dr. Ingrid Scott, a professor of ophthalmology at Penn State College of Medicine. Blurry or distorted vision could be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, not just ...

A Bit of Dark Chocolate Might Sweeten Your Vision

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – It may not replace prescription glasses, but a few bites of dark chocolate might offer a slight and temporary bump up in vision quality, new research suggests. Heart-healthy compounds in chocolate called flavanols appeared to sharpen eyesight for a group of 30 healthy young adults in the new study. The observed change in vision was small, but significant. However, the ...

Healthy Diet, Healthy Eyes

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 20, 2018 – Healthy eating may help preserve your vision as you age, eye experts say. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the macula (a small area near the center of the retina, located on the inside back layer of the eye), leading to a decline in central vision. There is no cure for AMD, which affects about 10 million Americans. It's the leading cause of vision loss in ...

FDA Approves Contact Lenses That Shade the Sun

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – The lives of contact lens wearers just got a whole lot easier. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first contact lenses that can act like sunglasses. A special additive automatically darkens the lenses when exposed to bright light, while they become clear again in normal or dark lighting conditions. "This contact lens is the first of its kind ...

First Auto-Darken Contact Lenses Approved

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first contact lenses that automatically darken in bright light, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. The technology, used for years in eyeglasses, stems from an additive that's added to the lenses, which then react to the sun's ultraviolet rays. The Acuvue Oasys lenses return to their normal tint when the user ...

Seeing Clearly

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Many people don't think twice about their vision until there's a problem, but seeing an eye doctor should definitely be on your wellness radar at different stages of life. Newborns should get a standard reflex test. If a baby is premature or at high risk for vision problems, schedule an exam with an eye specialist. Pediatricians should check eye health as part of ...

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