Celebrating Smarter During Fireworks Eye Safety Month

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by
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If you live in a state where fireworks are legal, then it may be tempting to use some for your next backyard barbecue or upcoming July 4th celebrations. However, unless you are a professional, fireworks should be considered dangerous and best left to said professionals.

According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 8,000 firework-related injuries were treated in US hospitals in the 2015 alone. Of those, approximately 16% of the injuries involved the eye or eyes. Injuries included burns, corneal abrasions, foreign object impalement, and irritation from smoke, ashes, and other chemicals. Sadly, these injuries are largely preventable if follow our tips on improving fireworks eye safety.


Never allow your children, yourself, or anyone in your family to play with fireworks.Please, for the safety of you and everyone around you, leave these to the pyrotechnic professionals. Remember, fireworks are not  Always supervise your children around sparklers.That same research from the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2015 revealed that over 2,700 injuries occurred due to sparklers and bottle rockets. To ensure you and your children’s safety, only hold one lit sparkler at the time, and be sure to keep it at an arm’s distance away from the face. Avoid …

Using UWF to Determine if the Ebola Virus Affects the Retina

Posted on June 7th, 2017 by

Only two short years ago, the Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa. Today, survivors are presenting with symptoms of post-Ebola Syndrome (PES) which include joint and muscle pain, and psychiatric, neurological, and eye problems1. Researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine have recently conducted a study of these survivors to determine what effects Ebola had on the retina.

The ocular research team was led by Paul Steptoe, MD and the research group compared the eye exams of 82 survivors who had previously reported ocular symptoms and a control group of 105 unaffected individuals. The Daytona from Optos was used to conduct the non-mydriatic ultra-widefield retinal imaging portion of the study. The results of this research which has been published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, shows that approximately 15% of Ebola survivors examined do have a retinal scar which appears specific to the disease2. According to researchers this is a reasonable conclusion based on the fact that the control group did not present with similar lesions and only demonstrated the common retinal issues that are present in a population prior to Ebola exposure.


Key Facts and Findings:

82 Ebola virus survivors (161 eyes, 2 missing retinal …

June is Cataract Awareness Month – Learn the Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by

This June is Cataract Awareness Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology along with several other eye and vision care organizations want to stress the importance of early screening, early detection, and appropriate treatment of cataracts in order to preserve eyesight for anyone dealing with this condition.

What is a Cataract? Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

More than 24 million Americans aged 40 or older are currently living with cataracts. Cataracts are actually the number-one cause of vision loss and blindness worldwide. But for something so commonplace, very few people know how they can reduce their risk of developing cataracts.


The human eye is made up of many different parts, one of the parts in the front of the eye is the eye lens. The eye lens is a clear structure found directly behind the pupil; it helps refocus light entering the eye. A cataract causes a person’s lens to become cloudy and opaque, typically due to changes in the lens’ protein structure. This effectively disrupts the way light normally enters the eye, which will affect your vision.


Why does this happen? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are a few known causes and risk factors, including:

Family …

May is Healthy Vision Month – Here are 5 Tips to Protect Your Eye Health

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by

This May is Healthy Vision Month. Of course, protecting your vision and eye health is important no matter what time of year, but by designating this month to eye health awareness, the National Eye Institute hopes to help Americans of all ages, lifestyles, and backgrounds take control of their health by making the necessary choices to ensure their vision and eyes are in top condition.


5 Things You Can Do to Help Protect Your Eye Health

Prevention of vision loss, blindness, and other symptoms of eye disease starts with you. Here are five simple things you can do that can drastically reduce your risk of complications from eye disease:


Commit to living a healthy lifestyle. What’s good for your body is good for your eyes. So, eat a balanced diet full of essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Drink plenty of water to keep your body and your cells hydrated. Exercise regularly and maintain an ideal weight. If you have underlying health conditions, do what you can to manage these well. Always wear appropriate protective eyewear. Whether at work, in the lab, on the sports field, on the slopes, or doing any other task that poses a potential risk to your eye health, be sure that …

April Is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by
The optomap color image above, shows peripheral hemorrhages denoting a diagnosis of Retinal Vein Occlusion, similar to what the patient in this case, experienced.

Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The entire month is dedicated to women’s eye health in recognition of the ~3 million American women who suffer from vision impairment or blindness.

Many women neglect their own health needs, focusing instead on the health and wellness of their loved ones. This leaves many women vulnerable to undetected health issues, and as with other health conditions, the earlier an eye problem is detected, the better the chances are for treatment and recovery.


Regular and prophylactic health care is important for earlier detection of all health issues. Because the retina is the only place in the body where vasculature can be seen, non-invasively and because optomap captures 200 degrees of the retina in a single image, more ocular and non-ocular disease can often be detected, earlier. Therefore, we recommend to all eyecare professionals, that their female patients, especially those over age 40, include optomap as part of their comprehensive eye exam.


The following patient story illustrates how powerful optomap images are for patient education and care:


Lynette, 42 years old, came in for a routine eye exam. Her eye doctor, Dr. Anthony Clark, OD, from North Carolina’s …