6/25/2018 0 Comments
Expert Eyecare wants people to know the facts about fireworks so everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July
Fireworks injuries cause approximately 10,000 visits to the emergency department each year, most of them involve children who suffer thousands of eye injuries.1 Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, most injuries are caused by legal fireworks parents buy for their children, such as sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles.
Every year optometrists and ophthalmologists treat thousands of patients who suffer a range of fireworks-related injuries, from cuts and bruises to damaged corneas and ruptured eyeballs. To help reduce the number of potentially blinding fireworks accidents this holiday, Expert Eyecare joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in working to share important information about fireworks injuries.
Here are five fireworks facts you should know:
To help ensure people get the facts about fireworks, the Academy also created an animated public service announcement titled “Fireworks: The Blinding Truth”. It encourages the public and media to view and share the PSA. Visit the Academy’s EyeSmart® website for more information about fireworks eye safety.
Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which causes cloudy, blurry or dim vision and often develops with advancing age. This June, the Expert Eyecare joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in observing Cataract Awareness Month by sharing three things everyone should know about the condition and its treatment.
As everyone grows older, the lenses of their eyes thicken and become cloudier. Eventually, they may find it more difficult to read street signs. Colors may seem dull. These symptoms may signal cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75. Fortunately, cataracts can be corrected with surgery. Get an idea of what someone with cataracts might experience with this cataract vision simulator. The following are facts people should know about the condition.
Learn more about cataract symptoms, treatment and types of IOLs at www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-are-cataracts.
Seniors concerned that they may have cataracts may qualify for a no-cost eye exam through EyeCare America, one of largest public service programs in American medicine, is a program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that provides eye care through a pool of more than 5,000 volunteer ophthalmologists. Ninety percent of the care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. The program is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon and Regeneron. For more information, visit eyecareamerica.org or schedule an appointment with one of our "Expert Optometrists".
 Genetic and Dietary Factors Influencing the Progression of Nuclear Cataract, Yonova-Doing, et al. Ophthalmology, 2016
 Inverse Association of Vitamin C with Cataract in Older People in India, Ravindran et al, Ophthalmology, 2011
 Cataract Surgery Cost Utility Revisited in 2012, Brown et al, Ophthalmology, 2013
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