Posted by & filed under Contact Lenses, Eye Health.

 

 

Contaminated contact lens cases are a major source of contact lens related eye infections.

 

Poor hygiene habits linked to contact lens case contamination

 

Dr. Mark Herriott, OD, with Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit gives us an important update on a recent study found that contact lens wearers who have poor hygiene habits also have increased bacterial contamination in their contact lens cases.

The research was published in Optometry and Vision Science. The study conducted by Mark D. P. Willcox, PhD, FAAO, and his colleagues included 119 contact lens wearers who were surveyed about their contact lens hygiene habits. The study participants also provided their used contact lens cases, which were sent to a lab for culture studies. The researchers then assessed the relationship between hygiene practices and contact lens case contamination.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Health, Glasses.

Sunglasses Extravaganza! During June and July all non-prescription and prescription sunglasses are 20% off. Take advantage of this great opportunity to not only look good but protect your eyes this summer!

Sunny days call for sunglasses,  and a pair of well-fitting shades can protect the eye area from damage from ultraviolet light.

President and Mrs. Kennedy watching the 1962 America’s Cup.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Contact Lenses, Eye Health.

7 Sins of Contact Lens Wearers

They’re not wrath or lust, but these bad habits can leave you with nasty eye infections.

Seven a.m. You hit snooze, wake up, get dressed and brush your teeth. You comb your hair, throw in your contacts, slug some coffee and leave for the day. That quick minute devoted to putting in your contacts may seem as routine and insignificant as choosing a travel mug for your coffee. But think about it: You are placing a custom-fitted, doctor-prescribed plastic device on your fragile mucus membrane, likely allowing you to see your best.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Exams, Eye Health.

10 Steps to prevent vision loss pic

75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated with early detection

 

Eyecare Associates recommends these 10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here are 10 important steps to protect and preserve your precious eyesight.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Exams, Eye Health.

Measles Can Rob a Child’s Sight, Doctors Warn

According to a recent article in Health Day News many people may still believe measles is a harmless, transient disease.

But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the eyes. In rare cases, measles can trigger long-term vision problems and even blindness.

Also, one or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Health, General Vision.

Study finds eyeliner application may cause eye problems

People who apply eyeliner on the inner eyelid run the risk of contaminating the eye and causing vision trouble, according to research by a scientist at the University of Waterloo. This is the first study to prove that particles from pencil eyeliner move into the eye.

Dr. Alison Ng, at the Centre for Contact Lens Research at Waterloo, directed the study when she was at Cardiff University in Wales. The team’s findings appear in Eye and Contact Lens Science and Clinical Practice, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Health.

Ah Spring, Ah Allergies

 

Ah Spring, Ah Allergies it’s a time of April showers and May flowers. And as Dr. Mark Herriott with Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit notes for many of us, this also means the return of seasonal burning, itching and red eyes.

While most people look forward to snow melting and spring arriving many people think of spring as prime allergy season. Spring is a time of year when allergy sufferers may need some relief. With a warmer then average winter and lots of trees and plants blooming Mother Nature is making conditions ripe for irritating ocular allergies.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Health, General Vision.

Washing Dishes By Hand May Lower The Risk Of Allergies In Kids

A new and preliminary study published in the journal Pediatrics, adds to an increasing body of evidence that suggests getting a little dirty does the immune system some good. That thinking is known as the “hygiene hypothesis,” which speculates that the reason kids develop so many allergies today is because their environments are just too clean. Without exposure to bacteria early in life, children’s immune systems don’t become as hardy as they could be.

Research over the years has linked a variety of early lifestyle factors, like having pets, eating fish, and living on a farm to a significantly lower risk of developing allergies. Now this new study suggests that hand washing dishes might be the next behavior to add to the list.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Health.

 

 

Pigment being injected into the conjunctiva of the eye during a tattoo procedure.

Shock value is hard to produce in the Internet age, but some attendees of the International Tattoo Festival in Caracas, Venezuela, gave it their best shot.

The four-day festival, organized to spread awareness of extreme body art, featured ghoulish face tattoos, extreme piercings, bifurcated tongues and Kala Kaiwi, the Hawaiian man who owns the world record for earlobe stretching.

But the festival’s most eye-popping body modification was almost certainly eyeball tattoos. You may not have realized that eyeball tattoos are a thing, but they are — and have been for some time.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Eye Health.

Glaucoma refers to a category of eye disorders often associated with a dangerous buildup of internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP), which can damage the eye’s optic nerve – the structure that transmits visual information from the eye to the brain.

Glaucoma typically affects your peripheral vision first. This is why it is such a sneaky disease: You can lose a great deal of your vision from glaucoma before you are aware anything is happening. If uncontrolled or left untreated, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness.

Read more »