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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Health Tip: If Something's in Your Eye

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you have something in your eye, rubbing it could cause a scratch called a corneal abrasion. To get something out of your eye, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Use clean water or saline solution to flush it out. Blink frequently, or gently pull the upper eyelid over the lower. Use a soft tissue or cotton swab to gently remove something that's on the white of your eye, but never do this when the object sits on the colored portion, called the cornea. Call your doctor at once if you can't get relief. Read more

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Don't Take Short Cuts With Contact Lens Care, FDA Warns

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – If you use contact lens solution with hydrogen peroxide and don't follow the instructions carefully, you could be putting your eyes at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Hydrogen peroxide contact lens solutions do not contain preservatives. While this makes them a good choice for people who are allergic or sensitive to preservatives, these solutions still pose risks. Before using a solution with hydrogen peroxide, read all instructions and warning labels, the FDA advises. "You should never put hydrogen peroxide directly into your eyes or on your contact lenses," Dr. Bernard Lepri, an optometrist in the FDA's Contact Lens and Retinal Devices Branch, said in an agency news release. Doing so can cause stinging, burning and damage to your cornea, the clear surface that covers the eye. When using a solution with hydrogen peroxide, it's crucial to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Soothing Pinkeye Discomfort

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Pinkeye is a highly contagious eye infection that's common in children. Experts say there are steps you can take at home to help those itchy eyes feel better. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests: For pinkeye that's triggered by an allergy, create a cool compress using a damp, wrung-out clean cloth. Be sure to use a different cloth for each eye to avoid spreading the infection. Apply a warm compress for pinkeye caused by a virus or bacteria. Use lubricating eye drops, which are available over the counter. See a doctor if symptoms don't improve. Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes From Fatigue

Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Staring at a computer screen for hours can lead to pain and discomfort for your eyes. PennMedicine.com offers this advice: Adjust the room's light and the brightness of your computer screen to minimize glare. Place your computer screen about an arm's length in front of you, and at the level of your eyes. You don't want to have to turn your head to see the screen. If you need to read something while at your computer, place the material as close as possible to your screen. Use good posture, with knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor, back straight and arms on the chair's armrests. Take breaks often to give your eyes a rest. Read more

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