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Health Tip: Use Contact Lenses Safely

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

-- Don't like eyeglasses? Contact lenses may be your best choice. The American Optometric Association offers these safety suggestions for people who wear contacts: Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before handling contact lenses. Carefully and regularly clean contacts, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the lenses with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking them overnight in ...

Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Farsightedness affects young children's ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom, a new study suggests. "We knew from our previous work that preschool and kindergarten children with uncorrected farsightedness have decreased early literacy, and this new study shows that there are even more deficits in these ...

Heath Tip: Contact Lenses Aren't Risk-Free

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by

-- 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 Problems Can Harm Kids' Development, Grades

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Poor eyesight can make life harder for people at any age, but it can really take a toll on children's school performance and well-being, vision experts say. If left untreated, certain eye-related conditions can lead to developmental delays, learning issues and vision loss, warned specialists from the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent ...

Soft Contact Lenses Safe for Kids and Teens, Review Finds

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Soft contact lenses are as safe for children and teens as they are for adults, a new review finds. "In the past decade, there has been increasing interest in fitting children with contact lenses," said review author Mark Bullimore, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He reviewed nine studies that included 7- to 19-year-olds who use ...

Scientists Shed Light on Possible Cause of Nearsightedness

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Whether you're nearsighted or not might come down to one particular type of cell in your retina, a new mouse study suggests. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that this cell is highly sensitive to light and controls how the eye develops. If it malfunctions and tells the eye to grow for too long, images don't get ...

Eye-Opening Research on Astronauts' Vision Problems

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Vision deterioration is a major problem for astronauts who spend extended periods of time in space. Now researchers have identified the likely cause of the problem and a possible way to prevent it. According to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the probable cause is the lack of a day-night cycle in intracranial pressure – pressure around the brain. ...

'Halo' Effect Common After Lasik Eye Surgery

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Nine out of 10 Lasik laser eye surgery patients report satisfaction afterwards. But a sizable percentage experience new visual disturbances – like seeing halos around lights – up to six months after the procedure, a new study finds. "While Lasik has long since been proven safe and effective over decades of use, a small but significant subset of patients report ...

Can Extra Time Outdoors When Young Reduce Nearsightedness?

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Spending more time outside early in life may offer some protection against nearsightedness, a new study suggests. The European study authors suspect that additional exposure to the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays may play a role in reducing nearsightedness – the inability to see clearly at a distance, also known as myopia. "We found that higher annual lifetime UVB ...

Some Primates Have Vision Troubles as They Age

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – Just like humans, some primates start having difficulty seeing things up close as they age. Researchers reviewed photos of 14 wild bonobos as they groomed each other. The primates were between 11 and 45 years old. The older they were, the longer they stretched their arms as they groomed, the study reported. The findings were published Nov. 7 in the journal Current ...

Undiagnosed Eye Problems Pose Risks for Migrant Farm Workers

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Vision problems are common among migrant farm workers, but many never get eye exams, a new study shows. Researchers studied 289 Hispanic migrant farm workers in North Carolina who did not use eyeglasses. About three-quarters of them had never had an eye exam. Of those, 70 percent said they never considered having one, and 14 percent cited cost or lack of insurance. Vision ...

Laser Device Approved for Nearsightedness

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – The VisuMax Femtosecond Laser has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nearsightedness in candidates 22 and older. Nearsightedness, medically called myopia, is present when a person can see close objects clearly, but not objects farther away. Common causes include a misshapen cornea or excess length of the eyeball, the FDA said in a news ...

Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?

Posted 19 Aug 2016 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – Nearly 80 percent of what kids learn in their first 12 years is through their vision. Your back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child's eyesight is OK, an eye expert says. "Glasses may be the most important back-to-school supply many children get this year," Eileen Gable, a Loyola University eye specialist, said in a university news release. Vision ...

Vision Trouble Can Dim Life's Prospects

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – People with vision problems may face a higher risk of unemployment, poverty and mental health problems, a new British study suggests. "Our focus has mostly been on severe visual loss and treating the eye diseases that cause it," said Mary Frances Cotch, chief of epidemiology at the U.S. National Eye Institute. "This study is saying we probably shouldn't wait until that ...

Routine Eye Exams See Vision Problems You Miss

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Routine eye checkups often pick up unnoticed problems, particularly in older adults, a new study says. "In asymptomatic patients, comprehensive routine optometric eye examinations detect a significant number of new eye conditions and/or results in management changes," said the study's author, Elizabeth Irving, and her colleagues from the University of Waterloo in ...

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