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Health Tip: What to Do if You Scratch Your Eye

Posted 16 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Seeing Clearly

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Health Tip: Controlling Pinkeye

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

--Pinkeye, medically called conjunctivitis,is an inflammation of the thin tissue covering the white part of theeyeand the inside of the eyelid. It's easily spread as hands become contaminated with discharge from an infected eye or by direct contact with surfaces such as contaminated doorknobs and countertops. Treatment time may vary depending on whether the condition is caused by bacteria or a ...

Bausch + Lomb Receives FDA Approval of Lumify (brimonidine tartrate) Over-the-Counter Eye Drop for the Treatment of Eye Redness

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

LAVAL, Quebec, Dec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company and wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) ("Valeant"), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lumify (brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution 0.025%) as the first and only over-the-counter (OTC) eye drop ...

Spike Seen in Kids' Eye Injuries From BB, Paintball Guns

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – While BB and paintball guns may seem like harmless child's play, new research shows eye injuries among kids using them have shot up nearly 170 percent since 1990. "These injuries happen in an instant, and can have significant lifelong effects," said study author Dr. Gary Smith. The rise in these air gun-related injuries occurred even though the overall eye injury rate ...

How to Fight Dry, Itchy Eyes This Winter

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Add dry eyes to the health woes of winter. "On average, the humidity drops in the winter with the colder weather [and] most people turn on the heat in their homes or offices to combat the cold," said Dr. Marissa Locy, who's with the University of Alabama at Birmingham's department of ophthalmology. "What you end up having is lower humidity outside, and even lower ...

Coming Soon: A Gel That Could Help Save Soldiers' Eyes

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – When eye injury strikes, the time needed to rush patients to proper care becomes crucial. Now, researchers say there may be a quick way to seal severe eye injuries until they can be treated by doctors. A team of scientists and engineers has developed a gel that changes from a fluid to a strong seal when applied to the eye. So far, the gel has only been tested on ...

Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses Are No Treat, Docs Say

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – If you're tempted to buy Halloween-styled contact lenses without a prescription – don't do it, eye experts warn. Doing so could lead to serious problems and potentially damage your eyesight, according to the American Optometric Association. Some decorative lenses are sold illegally at flea markets, beauty salons, convenience stores, national retailers and over the ...

You Won't Believe What Lived Inside This Boy's Eye

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For one unfortunate Mexican teenager, an unwanted tenant living in his eye led to what may be a permanent loss of vision, doctors report. As published Sept. 21 in The New England Journal of Medicine, an unnamed 17-year-old boy from a rural town in Mexico came to a hospital after suffering impaired vision and pain in his right eye for three weeks. According to ...

Doctors Eye the Danger From 'Nerf' Guns

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Nerf guns can be great fun for kids – until someone damages an eye, doctors warn. Nerf guns or "blasters" are hugely popular toys – used by kids and adults alike – that shoot a soft foam "dart" or "bullet." But a new report from emergency department doctors at one British hospital is raising concerns that the toy guns might not be as harmless as once thought. The ...

Heath Tip: Contact Lenses Aren't Risk-Free

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Contact lenses may raise your risk of developing serious eye conditions, such as infections or corneal ulcers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's important to remove your contacts and to visit your doctor if you show signs of eye irritation, including: Pain or discomfort. Excess tearing or eye discharge. Unusual sensitivity to light. Itching or burning. Unusual redness. Blurred ...

Did You Damage Your Eyes Viewing the Eclipse?

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Millions across America watched the total or partial solar eclipse on Monday, but not everyone heeded eye-safety advice. "After the solar eclipse, we have already seen dozens of patients with concerns ranging from headaches to subjective blurry vision," noted Dr. Avnish Deobhakta. He's an ophthalmologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in New York ...

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 ...

Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age. University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters ...

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