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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.

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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.

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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.

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OTC Medicines claiming to promote eye health may contain misleading labels.


Over The Counter Medicines For Eye health May Not Be What They Claim To Be


OTC Medicines claiming to promote eye health may contain misleading labels on treatments associated with age-related macular degeneration reports the New York times in a recent health blog. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading leading causes of severe vision loss in elderly Americans. According to the Times article for the many of those who have it, there’s no effective treatment. And it generally worsens with time

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Eyes: 15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Them


You’ve had your peepers since you were born, so you may think you know them pretty well, but here are some fun facts you may not know about eyes:

  1. The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.
  2. While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.
  3. Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.
  4. Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.
  5. Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about 4-13 weeks old.
  6. Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have some kind of vision impairment.
  7. Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.
  8. The cells in your eye come in different shapes. Rod-shaped cells allow you to see shapes, and cone-shaped cells allow you to see color.
  9. You blink about 12 to 20 times every minute.
  10. Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.
  11. Some people are born with two differently colored eyes. This condition is heterochromia.
  12. Even if no one in the past few generations of your family had blue or green eyes, these recessive traits can still appear in later generations.
  13. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
  14. Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.
  15. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

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Patients of Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit have always been fashion trend setters.


Do you ever say to yourself, “I hate my glasses?” If so you are not alone. Today’s blog is thanks to Jonathan Darman who writes about former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan would remove one contact lens before speeches so he could see at near. Today we call that monovision and it works very well for many patients.

We at Eyecare Associates of Lee’s Summit also think you should never hate your glasses. That is why we send our most talented and trendy buyers to the big frame shows to bring us the very best in hip and cool designs. Come check us out today. Ask to see our new SALT line. Or take a look at the SALT Collection on line.  You owe it to yourself to look and see your very best.

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This infant is already due for his first eye exam.

Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit Stresses Importance Of Full Vision Exams For Babies, Toddlers

A recent article in the Pittsburg Tribune Review by Kellie Gormley reports that more and more younger children are being diagnosed with vision problems, “medical professionals and parents are catching the problems earlier then they did in previous generations.” Dr. Julie Anderson with Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit notes that the American Optometric Association “recommends babies get a full vision exam when they are 6 to 12 months old, then periodically after that.” That is because “basic vision screenings, like those done at schools and pediatrician well visits don’t give a complete picture of the eyes health and functioning.”

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Laser toys pose risk to children’s vision

The Food and Drug Administration is issuing new safety recommendations for laser toys to protect children and their vision.

Many a kid (and parent) who has seen Luke Skywalker battle Darth Vader with a lightsaber thinks lasers are cool.

What they may not know is this: When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers—even those in toys—can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. And not just to the person using a laser, but to anyone within range of the laser beam.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is particularly concerned about this potential danger to children and those around them, and has issued a guidance document on the safety of toy laser products.

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A recent Canadian research report (Canadian Journal of Cardiology, December 2014) showed that taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts.

Statin medications such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke. They may raise the odds of developing the vision problems by 27 percent, the researchers report.

But the risk of developing cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye, is insignificant compared with the benefits of these drugs, said lead researcher Dr. G.B. John Mancini.

“The benefits of statins are far outweighed by any small risk for cataract surgery,” said Mancini, a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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