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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Healthy Vision Month

“Eat your vegetables!” How many times did I hear that from my mother when I was growing up?  The month of May is the time we celebrate “Healthy Vision Month,” but more importantly, the most sacred holiday of the year, Mother’s Day! Much to our chagrin, our mothers always seemed to be right!  As we got older, it seemed that those “old wives tales” that were passed down from one generation to another, came true. In the case of those dreaded vegetables, that fact is, eating green, leafy vegetables provide our eyes with lutein, which helps to protect them from macular degeneration. Mamma would usually say, “Put on a hat!” and, “Wear sunglasses when going outside!” especially in...
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