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

Posted 11 days ago 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 rabbits. Human clinical trials could begin in 2019, the investigators noted. One potential use for the gel is to seal eye injuries on the battlefield. When the patient is ready for surgery to repair the injury, the seal can be removed by adding cool water, the researchers said. "If you look at historical data over the last several decades, the rate of war-related ocular (eye) injuries has steadily increased from a fraction of a percent to as high as 10 to 15 percent," said John Whalen. He is an ... Read more

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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 internet. Never buy contact lenses from these sources, the association says. "If you can walk in off the street, or log on to a website and buy them without verification of your prescription, the lenses are not being sold legally," said Dr. Glenda Secor, past chair of the association's contact lens and cornea section. "Even though these are non-corrective lenses, they still pose the same potential health and safety risks as other contact lenses," said Secor. "When purchased over the counter, ... Read more

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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 ophthalmologists Drs. Pablo Guzman-Salas and Juan Serna-Ojeda, an examination showed an inflamed cornea, blood in the back of the eye, "multiple iris perforations" and other eye damage. The cause? "A flattened and mobile trematode [tiny flatworm] was seen moving freely" at the back of the eye, according to the doctors. The parasite was traveling – through holes it had made in the eye's iris – between the front and back portions of the eye. The doctors said the boy was given praziquantel, a drug used ... Read more

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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 report outlines three serious eye injuries from Nerf guns and "calls into consideration the need for protective eyewear with their use," according to Drs. Mukhtar Bizrah and Seema Verma of Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, in London. One U.S.-based doctor agreed it might be time to re-examine the safety of these products. That's because people can now purchase harder – and potentially more dangerous – Nerf "bullets" online from manufacturers not tied to the toy's maker. "The seemingly ... Read more

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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 vision. Swelling. Read more

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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 City. Ideally, eclipse viewers shouldn't have taken any direct look at the sun. They should have used specially designed and filtered glasses instead. But in case that advice was forgotten, here's how to spot if you or a loved one got an unhealthy eyeful of the sun's rays. According to Deobhakta, "some of the symptoms include blurry vision, 'holes' or 'spots' in vision, light sensitivity, or infrequently, pain. You should also be concerned if you are experiencing persistent blurry vision, light ... Read more

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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 in; reusing solution; rinsing lenses in tap water; or not replacing lenses and storage cases as recommended, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. About 3.6 million adolescents in the United States wear contact lenses, the CDC said. Outbreaks of serious eye infections are rare in this country. But they occur most often in people who don't take proper care of their contacts. Of teens under 18 who wear contacts, an estimated 3 million weren't completely following ... Read more

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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 of cases, compared to one-third of cases among nearly all other specialties. "Lawmakers are currently looking for ways to reduce federal spending for health care, and policies that favor generics over brand medications or allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices may lead to cost savings," said study senior author Lindsey De Lott, of the university's Kellogg Eye Center. "Using a brand medication for a single patient may not seem like a big deal, but ultimately, these higher costs are paid by all of ... Read more

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Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry

Posted 5 Jul 2017 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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