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Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Ever wonder why your eyes fill with tears when you chop an onion? One eye doctor pinpoints the culprit. Onions use sulfur in the soil to create amino acid sulfoxides, which are sulfur compounds that readily turn into a gas. When an onion is cut open, it releases the sulfoxides and enzymes, which react and create a gas called syn-propanethial-S-oxide. Because onions grow underground, this gas helps deter critters that want to feed on them. But the gas is also what causes your eyes to water when chopping onions, said Dr. Robert Rosa Jr., an ophthalmologist at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. "It really is a complicated chemical process that creates the gas," said Rosa. "They all act as precursors that create the lachrymatory processor – or what makes you tear up." White, yellow and red onions all have higher concentrations of the onion enzyme necessary to ... Read more

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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

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Untreated Vision Problems Plague U.S. Preschoolers

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Close to 175,000 American preschoolers struggle with common, but untreated, vision problems, a new report warns. And that figure is expected to rise significantly in the coming years. The analysis projects that the number of cases of uncorrected poor vision in this very young population will jump 26 percent by 2060. "The [current] high proportion of visual impairment that can be easily prevented or treated is astonishing," said study author Dr. Rohit Varma. He is director of the USC Roski Eye Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. And "it means that there is an urgent need to increase vision screening and the awareness of the importance of preschool vision exam," Varma added. The investigators relied on data from two national studies that looked at vision problems in American kids. The researchers noted that the vast majority of untreated ... Read more

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Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said changes in the eye's retina may help spot people at risk for a narrowing of the large blood vessels in the legs – a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). "PAD is estimated to affect approximately 8.5 million Americans above the age of 40 years and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and quality of life impairment," noted one heart specialist, Dr. Samy Selim. He's an interventional cardiologist at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. And while the disability from PAD is serious and widespread, "physician screening for PAD is not satisfactory, to say the least," Selim said. The new study was led by Hopkins researcher Chao Yang and is ... Read more

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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

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Consider Eye Safety When Choosing Kids' Toys

Posted 24 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 – Are you planning to shop on Black Friday for holiday gifts for the kids? Experts urge you to keep an eye on eye safety when making your choices. U.S. emergency rooms treated 251,800 toy-related injuries in 2014, according to a report last year from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Forty-four percent of those injuries were to the head and face area. And a recent study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology said basketball, baseball and air guns caused nearly half of all primary sports-related eye injuries. "When giving the gift of sports equipment, Prevent Blindness strongly urges also providing sports eye protection," Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in a news release from the group. "An eyecare professional can provide guidance for the best protection for each sport and athlete," he added. Prevent Blindness also offers these toy ... Read more

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Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys List

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – With the holiday season approaching, the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released it annual list of the most dangerous toys. The organization urges parents to be cautious when buying toys this holiday season, noting that since January 2015 there have been recalls involving more than 800,000 individual products, including 500,000 this year alone. According to WATCH, every three minutes a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury. Since January 2015, there have been at least 19 toys with safety defects recalled in the United States. These recalls involved more than 800,000 units of toys – including 500,000 this year, the group said in a news release. "Consumers can inspect new toys as well as toys already in homes and schools for dangerous hazards and stay away from any toys that may have been ... Read more

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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

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Toddlers at High Risk of Chemical Eye Burns: Study

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Children aged 1 and 2 years have relatively high rates of chemical eye burns, with everyday cleaners a common cause, researchers say. The new study, based on U.S. emergency department visits at specific years of age, refutes the belief that workplace chemicals are the most common cause of these potentially blinding eye injuries. "Household cleaners are a huge culprit," said Dr. R. Sterling Haring, who led the study. Spray bottles frequently have been implicated in other research, he said. "The rates among 1-year-olds are 1.5 times higher than the highest rate of [eye] injury for working-age adults," said Haring, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The toddlers' injuries occur at home most often and are more common among lower-income families. They also are more common in the South, according to the analysis of ... Read more

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Xiidra Eyedrops Approved to Treat Dry Eye

Posted 13 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Xiidra (lifitegrast) eyedrops have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat symptoms of dry eye disease, a group of conditions related to insufficient tear production. The chances of developing symptoms increase with age. Dry eye affects about 5 percent of adults aged 30 to 40 and up to 15 percent of people over age 65, the FDA said Tuesday in a news release. Left untreated, dry eye can lead to pain, sores or scars on part of the eye called the cornea. It can make it more difficult to read a book or stare at a computer screen, and may be particularly noticeable in a very dry environment, such as on an airplane, the agency said. Clinical studies involving more than 1,000 people found that those treated with Xiidra saw improvement in symptoms of dry eye, compared to people given a placebo. Xiidra is the first approved medication among a new ... Read more

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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

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Laser Pointers Probably Won't Damage Pilots' Eyes …

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Lasers aimed at airplane cockpits likely won't damage pilots' eyes, but could lead to disaster by distracting them, eye experts warn. Reports of handheld lasers directed at aircraft are accelerating globally. Last year, more than 7,700 cases were reported to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and the number seems to be soaring this year, according to published reports. "Obviously, if such a distraction occurs at a critical time, such as during landing, the result could be devastating," wrote John Marshall, from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London, and colleagues, in an editorial published April 20 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. "Fortunately, these exposures are at irradiances that are incapable of producing irreversible retinal damage even at distances of [328 feet]," they wrote. There were more than 1,500 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Easing Eye Allergies

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- When your eyes turn red, water and itch, it can make you miserable. The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers these suggestions for coping with eye allergies: Stay away from things that bother you, such as pollen, mold, dust and pets. Don't rub your eyes. Use over-the-counter artificial tears or an eye drop that contains an antihistamine. Take a decongestant medication. If it also contains an antihistamine, it could make you sleepy. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of getting allergy shots. Read more

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What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as a condition called dry eye, which is more common after menopause. Pregnancy can cause dry eyes, puffy eyelids and refractive changes that may show up as blurred or double vision. Pregnant women's vision may also be affected by migraine headaches, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Prevent Blindness. The organization also warns that some glaucoma medications may harm a fetus, and advises pregnant women to ... Read more

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Contact Lenses May Disrupt Eyes' Natural Bacteria, Study Suggests

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Contact lenses may alter the natural bacterial environment of your eyes, new research suggests. A small study found that the eye surface of contact lens wearers tends to harbor bacteria normally found on the skin surrounding the eye. Whether this is caused by finger-to-lens interaction or the actual act of wearing contacts remains unclear. But the findings raise questions as to whether this shift in microbial composition might boost the risk for eye infections, the study authors said. "Wearing contact lenses is known to increase the risk of microbial keratitis and other inflammatory eye conditions," said study lead author Maria Dominguez-Bello. She is an associate professor with the Human Microbiome Program at New York University School of Medicine, in New York City. Keratitis is a painful and potentially serious inflammation of the cornea. More than 30 ... Read more

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