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Protective Eyewear Prevents Eye Injuries

According to a national survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma, a mere 35 percent of Americans always wear protective eyewear when they are making home repairs, using chemical-laden cleaning products, or performing typical home maintenance tasks such as mowing the lawn. Of more concern to …

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Cataract Symptoms: Know Your Risks

If you were to ask someone, “what are cataracts,” the most likely answer you’d get is cloudy vision. While clouded vision is the most well known of cataract symptoms, what concerns ophthalmologists about this eye disease is that they develop gradually, so a person may not notice changes in vision until cataract symptoms such as clouded …

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Helping the Nepalese People Recover

For those of you who have read any of Dr. Barth’s blog entries regarding his experiences in Nepal, you know he has a passion for the people and culture there. He has made several trips to work with other eye doctors at Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal on behalf of the Seva Foundation, performing cataract …

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Are You at Risk of Eye Damage From Sun Exposure?

Excessive sun exposure not only damages the skin, but it can also damage the eyes. In fact, studies have shown that the ultraviolet light from the sun can raise the risk of cataracts. It can also cause benign ocular growths such as Pterygium, also known as Surfer’s Eye, to develop in the eyes. Additionally, excessive exposure to …

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Eye Health: Are Carrots Good for Your Eyes?

If you are of a certain age, you were probably told as a child that carrots were good for your eyes. And like many kids, you took that knowledge at face value, just as you did the other things your parents said, like if you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way, or sitting too …

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10 Tips for Healthy Eyes

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), more than “20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss.” That’s a staggering number. Here’s another eye-opening stat: more than 40% of Americans (or approximately 60 million of us) make New Year’s resolutions (this according to an estimate cited in a recent Forbes article, which goes on to …

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Choose Wisely When It Comes to Eye Care

How Do You Make Healthy Eye Care Choices? The health benefits of conversation between two or more people extend to the doctor-patient relationship. Establishing a healthy relationship with your doctor starts with trust and being comfortable having medical conversations with your doctor engenders that trust in many intangible ways. Most importantly, comfort in conversation allows …

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October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

The American Academy of Ophthalmology sets aside the month of October for a public health awareness campaign aimed at preventing eye injuries. According to the AAO nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries each year in the United States and nearly half of all those types of injuries occur in the home, and nearly one …

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Should You See an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist?

Differences Between an O.D. and an M.D. Knowing who to see for the eye care you need is important when you have an eye health concern. Ophthalmologists and optometrists do overlap professionally in certain areas of service, such as eye exams and vision tests, leaving some patients confused over which eye care professional they need …

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Sports and Eye Protection

A patient’s visit for an eye exam serves as a cautionary tale on the importance of eye protection in sports. Retired now, the patient was a former standout college basketball star who went on to play ball overseas for a number of years. He made the eye appointment because he felt his vision was declining more …

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