Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Labor Day typically marks the end of summer, and the beginning of a new school year. For some of us "older parents," we look forward to Labor Day, since we can once again return to our "normal" routine, after the kids go back to college. For younger parents, this is the time to register your children for school, which may include a current eye and health exam. Children's eye exams are usually required in first and fifth grades, for early detection of vision disorders. In this article, I will explain two of the more common childhood concerns: "lazy eye" and the appearance of one or both eyes crossing. A lazy eye, also...
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Bang…Boom…Stay Safe this Independence Day

Fourth of July FireworksThe month of July is synonymous with fun and fireworks. As you remember, my last two articles dealt with the parent-child relationship. As parents, it seems we are constantly instructing, telling, or yelling (depending on who you ask) at our children, warning them to be aware of the many dangers in the world that can hurt or injure them. As usual, our children scoff at our cautions, telling us we do not know what we are talking about, and that they know how to handle the situation (without our interference). Being a physician, there have been numerous times that I have been called to the emergency room to examine both children...
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Blepharitis Treatment

A very common complaint my patients have are itchy eyelids. Sometimes patients will even wake up with their eyelids covered in crust and at times their eyelids are stuck together. If you or a loved one experience these symptoms, it’s most likely caused by a condition called blepharitis. Blepharitis is a disorder where the eyelids are inflamed with oily particles and bacteria, which coat the eyelid near the base of the eyelashes. This ongoing condition causes irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eyes. Blepharitis is often associated with dry eyes. Dry eye causes irritation and stimulates the eyelid glands to secrete more oils. The secretion of oil glands cause more irritation, which in turn triggers the eyes...
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UV (Ultraviolet) Safety Month

Let’s go outside and play ball! How many times did I say that to my children? June is UV (Ultraviolet) Safety Month. It is also the month of the most important Holiday, Father’s Day (only kidding — we all know the most important is really Mother’s Day). It’s important to protect our eyes from the harmful effects of the UV light rays. The UV rays can cause damage to our retina and they are believed to be one of several risk factors that cause AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration). The use of sunglasses not only protects our eyes, but also help us see well because anti-glare coatings enhance our vision by improving the contrast...
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