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(NewsUSA) – No matter what season it is, skin isn’t the only thing that gets burned by sunlight. Eyes are just as sensitive, and children’s eyes are especially vulnerable.
“The crystalline lens in children’s and teenagers’ eyes is more transparent than in adults, which makes them more susceptible to cornea and retina damage from the sun,” says Corinne McCormack, spokesperson for The Vision Council and Fashion Director at FGX International, Inc. “Having your kids wear sunglasses while outdoors is actually as important as getting them to wear hats and sunscreen.”
The Vision Council just launched a Bureau of Missing Sunglasses initiative informing adults and children that “sunglasses are absolutely critical for keeping vision safe from UV damage,” as stated in their 2012 report.
So, what can you do to protect your young tike’s eyes?
“If you’re concerned your little guy or gal won’t wear sunglasses, look for designs you know they love — like bright patterns, fun shapes or sunglasses with their favorite cartoon or movie character,” adds McCormack. The following safety guidelines can also help:
Seek shade for mid-day sun. UV rays are most powerful from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., so avoid being in direct sunlight without access to shade, umbrellas or protective clothing.
Wear protective apparel. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are musts. Look for sunglasses with the ‘MaxBlock’ sticker, which indicates 100 percent UVA and UVB lens protection. The Foster Grant sunglass line (www.fostergrant.com) offers styles especially for kids as well as bands to keep them secure on small heads, and every pair has a MaxBlock seal.
Set a good example. Your children will learn many habits from you, so reapply sunscreen often, and always remember to wear your sunglasses. Remind kids to pack their sunglasses and hats for vacation, and reward them for reapplying sunscreen. Don’t forget, sunglasses protect your eyes all year round.
Failure to comply with eye safety may lead to long-term complications, including cataracts, retinal problems, macular degeneration, cancer and abnormal growths on the eye’s surface. Experts at the World Health Organization say ultraviolet (UV) damage is largely preventable. Encouraging good sun-exposure habits from childhood is a must.
Winder man credits optometrist with saving his life
Posted: Nov 27, 2012 5:10 AM EST Updated: Nov 27, 2012 6:03 AM EST
Imagine going to the optometrist to check out your eyes, and getting something much more shocking in return. It happened to Winder resident John Gallamore, and he says his optometrist saved his life.
Winder optometrist Dr. Darrell Sorah and his longtime patient, Gallamore, have a spotty history.
“I probably saw him once every three or four years. He was not a big, ‘I go to the doctor guy’,” said Sorah.
“Being a guy, we don’t go to the doctor immediately. You know, just give it a few minutes and everything will be all right. Give it a little time, you’ll get well,” said Gallamore.
Gallamore says he started to notice some peculiar symptoms, like double vision.
“It happened when I was driving. It would last two or three minutes and then go away,” explained Gallamore.
Then a trip to the store produced another strange incident.
“My wife said something and I started to respond and I slurred my speech. I was slumped and that went away in about 30 seconds. I knew then that there was a serious problem but I didn’t know what it was,” said Gallamore.
With double vision and temporary blindness plaguing him, he finally visited Sorah for an eye exam.
“When we were at the machine and he was actually doing the exam, he said ‘Uh, oh, I see the problem,’” said Gallamore.
Sorah found a blocked blood vessel. He says plaque in eye vessels are just a symptom of a major blockage in the system, and a precursor to a major stroke.
He told Gallamore to get to an emergency room as quickly as possible.
“I said, ‘John, we’re done. We’re not going to go any further. I can call you an ambulance, if your wife’s here we can get you to the hospital, but we’re going to the hospital,” said Sorah.
At the hospital, a cardiologist determined Gallamore had 100 percent blockage in his left carotid artery. Emergency surgery saved his life, and Gallamore credits his optometrist.
“I would either have had a major stroke and would have been immobile or I’d be dead. I am alive because of him,” Gallamore said.
The Georgia Optometric Association recommends a yearly comprehensive eye exam. That’s very different from a vision screening. It’s much more thorough and can detect other medicals issues in the body. For more information vist the GOA website or Facebook page.
Here’s what to do and what not to do to avoid eye problems
November 24, 2012
SATURDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) — Common shortcuts people take when caring for their contact lenses could have serious consequences, such as infections or ulcerations, according to an eye disease expert.
“While contacts are generally very safe, wearers should know that poor contact care can lead to serious health issues,” Dr. Sean Edelstein, AN assistant professor of ophthalmology at Saint Louis University Medical Center, said in a university news release. “Unfortunately, I usually see patients after they’ve developed contact-lens-related infections or inflammation.”
“Eye redness, pain, sensitivity to light and blurry vision are symptoms that suggest something is wrong,” said Edelstein, who specializes in cornea and external diseases of the eye. “In this scenario, you should immediately remove your contact lens and see an eye-care professional.”
Shortcuts people often take when caring for their contact lenses include:
- Using expired lens solutions
- Reusing leftover contact solution
- Exposing contacts to non-sterile water
- Wearing contacts too long or overnight
- Not cleaning contacts or disinfecting storage cases well enough
Most often, corneal infections are caused by bacteria, particularly Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus. In rare cases, Edelstein noted, contact lenses may be infected by fungi or parasites, which is more difficult to treat. In extreme cases, infections can spread deep into the eye, causing endophthalmitis (inflammation inside the eyeball).
Corneal ulcers also can cause scarring in the cornea, as well as permanent vision loss. To prevent these harmful effects of poor contact-lens care, Edelstein advises people to take these precautions:
- Never substitute tap water for contact solution.
- Always use fresh contact solution.
- Keep your contact case and lenses clean and handle them properly.
- Don’t wear your contacts for extended periods of time.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about contact lens care.
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