Recognizing March as National Save Your Vision Month
Kids live in a visual world. Nearly 80 percent of what they learn through age 12 is visual, and kids need more than 15 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, playing sports and everyday situations.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first eye exam by age 1, the next one at 3 years old and another before starting kindergarten. After that, students should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to evaluate their total vision—not just a screening to check their ability to see. View full article »
You’ve probably heard people talk about pink eye, but do you know what it is and how to prevent it?
The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis, and it’s an infection that affects the inside of the eyelid and the thin, clear covering of the white part of the eye (called the conjunctiva). When the tissue becomes inflamed, the blood vessels swell and turn red, making the white area of the eye look pink. View full article »
Recognizing March as Save Your Vision Month
Close your eyes and imagine life without sight. National research indicates that the ability to see is the one sense people are most concerned about losing.
As people age, they are more likely to experience a serious eye problem that can result in diminished or permanent vision loss. The National Eye Institute reports that visual impairment often is caused by eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. View full article »
Many people believe that vision problems occur mostly as you age. Although older individuals are at increased risk for several eye diseases, vision problems can occur at any age.
It is important to know the symptoms of potential vision problems to avoid permanent vision loss. Review this list of 10 warning signs: View full article »
For individuals diagnosed with cancer, one of the nagging concerns is whether it will spread to other parts of the body. Although body scans can be performed to identify cancer cells, most tests can only show active growth areas.
Now there is hope for individuals with ocular melanoma eye cancer. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have designed a genetic test that can determine accurately whether this most common form of eye cancer is likely to spread to the liver or other areas in the body. Melanoma in the eye is considered relatively rare, but about 2,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. View full article »