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Health Tip: Contact Lens Safety

Posted 13 May 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Some 40 million Americans wear contact lenses to correct vision disorders, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, if not worn or taken care of properly, contact lenses pose risks to users. To avoid infection or injury, the FDA urges users to: Replace your contact lens storage case every three months. Clean and disinfect your lenses properly. Always remove contact lenses before...

Health Tip: Metal Work Safety

Posted 6 May 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Metalworking involves using metals to create parts, assemblies or large-scale structures. As a job that requires a unique set of skills, it provides special hazards, as well, says Cornell University. General metal work safety guidelines are: Wear eye protection at all times. Remove or secure jewelry, long hair and loose clothing. Avoid skin contact with metalworking fluid. Remove all metal...

Spring Break Is No Vacation From Contact Lens Care

Posted 31 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 30, 2019 – Spring break may mean sun and fun for lots of college kids, but it doesn't mean they can forget about contact lens care, experts say. Your risk of eye infections increases if you wear contacts and do things such as sleep in them, shower or swim with them in, and not wash your hands before handling them – all of which are more likely to happen when you're busy enjoying...

Extra Calcium Safe for the Aging Eye

Posted 23 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 – To take calcium or not to take calcium, that is still the question. In a new study that contradicts earlier research, investigators found that adding calcium to your diet will not raise your risk of a common age-related eye disease. That disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans aged 65 and older. In...

Extra Calcium Safe for the Aging Eye

Posted 23 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 – To take calcium or not to take calcium, that is still the question. In a new study that contradicts earlier research, investigators found that adding calcium to your diet will not raise your risk of a common age-related eye disease. That disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans aged 65 and older. In...

Eye-Soothing Tips for Computer Users

Posted 20 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 – Screens: They're at work, at home and even in the palm of your hand. But stare too long at them and your eyes – and mind – could pay a price, experts warn. For example, too much screen time can lead to problems such as eye strain, dry eye, headaches and insomnia, the American Academy of Ophthalmology warns. "Eyestrain can be frustrating. But it usually isn't serious...

A Hard Look at Smoking's Effect on Vision

Posted 24 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 – If life looks gray and cloudy when you smoke, you might not be imagining it. Heavy smoking may actually damage color and contrast vision, researchers report. They looked at 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 people who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day. The participants were aged 25 to 45 and had normal or corrected-to-normal...

Health Tip: Using Eye Makeup

Posted 18 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Most women use eye makeup, but it does carry some risk, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says. The academy suggests how to use eye makeup safely: Infection-causing bacteria may grow in creamy or liquid eye makeup. So throw any unused eye makeup away after three months. If you develop an eye infection, immediately throw out all eye makeup. Never share eye makeup. If you tend to be...

Protect Your Aging Eyes From Macular Degeneration

Posted 16 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 – Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that affects millions of older Americans, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk, a vision expert says. AMD causes blurred central vision due to damage to the macula, a small area at the back of the eye, and it is most common after age 60, according to the U.S. National Eye...

Health Tip: Treating Dry Eye

Posted 14 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not make enough tears. As adults get older, they are more likely to have medical conditions that trigger dry eye, such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, stroke and thyroid problems, the AARP says. Certain medications also may affect tear glands' ability to function properly. AARP suggests how to manage your dry eyes. Increase the moisture in your home...

Health Tip: Travel Suggestions For Your Eyes

Posted 13 Feb 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Don't forget to think of your eyes while you're traveling, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says. Here are the academy's suggestions while you're on the road, either for business or pleasure: Bring an extra pair of glasses and contact lenses. If you have an emergency, do not put off seeing an eye specialist until you get home. Untreated issues such as infection can cause long-term...

Health Tip: Understanding Dry Eye

Posted 31 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

-- Dry eye occurs when the amount of tears you produce fails to keep the surface of the eye adequately lubricated, the National Eye Institute says. The risk of developing dry eye increases with age, and more women than men have the condition. Dry eye can create scratchy or stinging feelings, dryness, discharge, pain and redness. The institute mentions these common causes of dry eye: Medications...

How to Prevent and Treat Eye Allergies

Posted 31 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 – When it comes to allergies, allergic rhinitis with its congested, itchy nose gets a lot of attention. But for some, allergic conjunctivitis with itchy, watery eyes is the greater nuisance. You might even have both reactions. Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva – the layer of tissue lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes. It's...

Winter's Many Challenges to Eye Health

Posted 24 Dec 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 23, 2018 – Dry, itchy eyes are a common problem in the winter and low humidity is a major reason, one ophthalmologist says. "On average, the humidity drops in the winter with the colder weather," said Marissa Locy, an instructor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "In addition, most people turn on the heat in their homes or offices to...

Wearing Contacts 24/7 Can Bring Infection, Blindness, Doctors Warn

Posted 20 Dec 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 – Dangerous infections, blinding ulcers in the eyes: These are just some of the troubles that can come from wearing your contacts for too long. Contact lenses are generally considered safe, but wearing them while asleep significantly raises the risk of developing serious complications that can cause permanent visual loss, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

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