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Avoid Workplace Eye Injuries | Allied Eye
Posted on Friday September 15, 2017
Have you ever thought about where most eye injuries take place? While you might think they mostly happen in sports, that’s actually not true. In fact, more than 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury each year.
As a result, the team at Allied Eye want to remind you about the importance of wearing certified and approved eye protection, as well as taking the proper precautions to avoid eye injuries while at work.
Protect Your Vision
Of the total amount of work-related injuries, about 10 to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Therefore, it’s important to do all you can in order to prevent injury or vision loss from an incident at work.
First and foremost, you want to wear the proper eyegear for your job. While every job is different, there are some jobs that require certain safety glasses or goggles to be worn. Take some time to learn about OSHA regulations related to protective eyewear while on the job.
Second, you also want to be aware of your surroundings. Will there be dust particles on the construction site today? Will you be working around machinery in a factory that could possibly cause sparks? Are the sun’s rays going to be particularly strong today? You want to know what your environment will be day in and day out in order to know the best protective gear for the job that day.
When an Eye Injury Occurs…
When an eye injury does occur at work, action is needed as soon as possible in order to help save your vision and protect your eye health. As a result, it’s important to know the signs to look for when considering whether to visit an eye doctor.
Signs you need medical attention include:
- Blood in the eye
- A cut or torn eyelid
- A foreign object in the eye
- Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
Did you recently get hurt on the job? Contact Allied Eye for an appointment today to ensure there’s nothing serious affecting your vision due to the accident.
What You Should Know About Age-related Eye Conditions | Allied Eye
Posted on Friday September 01, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.4 million people living in the United States age 40 or older are either legally blind or visually impaired. The team at Allied Eye wants you to learn about the age-related eye diseases that plague older Americans the most.
The Facts on Glaucoma and Cataracts
There are two major age-related eye diseases that affect older adults.
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness within the United States.
When glaucoma occurs, the eye’s optic nerve is damaged. Because there are rarely early signs of glaucoma (which is why eye exams are so important), it usually isn’t treated in its earliest stages, which can lead to vision loss or blindness.
Risk factors of glaucoma include:
- Being older than age 40
- Having a family history of the condition
- Having high blood pressure
- Having diabetes or problems with blood circulation
- Being farsighted or nearsighted
- Being of African or Hispanic heritage
Glaucoma can be treated in multiple ways, including eye drops, oral medications, or either laser or traditional surgery.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens, which is normally clear.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty seeing at night
The only way to help correct the damage and vision loss caused by cataracts is through cataract surgery. During the procedure, the cataract is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This helps to restore vision to the eye.
The best part about cataract surgery is that it can typically be performed on an outpatient basis.
While age is the biggest risk factor for cataracts, women are also at a slightly higher risk than men of suffering from this eye disease. In addition, adults who have a family history of cataracts are more likely to have cataracts.
Are you age 40 or older? Has it been a while since your last eye exam? Call Allied Eye for an appointment today!
Build Strong Eyes | Allied Eye
Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017
The team at Allied Eye wants you to remember that while you are focusing on building healthy bones and boosting your brain power this school year that you are also adding one more focus to your day—building strong eyes.
How to Strengthen Your Eyesight
While some might have it in their minds that people are born with the eyes they have and there’s nothing anyone can do about it, our team wants you to know that’s not exactly true. In fact, there are many things that you can do to help better care for your eyes, especially as you age.
First, start by making sure you and your family have regular eye exams. Sadly, many families are missing out on the critical eye exams they need in order to ensure their eyes remain healthy. Therefore, if it has been over a year or two since your last eye exam, be sure to make an appointment with our office immediately so we can help get your eyesight back on the healthy track.
Second, be sure your daily diet consists of fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, leafy vegetables, blueberries, tomatoes, etc. These foods help provide antioxidants that can help in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Third, while staring at a computer screen all day isn’t dangerous to your eyesight, it can cause some pretty unpleasant symptoms. Therefore, try and take breaks when you can since your blinking rate goes way down when you are in front of a computer screen, which increases your chances of dry eyes and blurred vision. In fact, it goes from 18-20 times each minute to 4-7 times—a huge difference! Try and take at least a 20-seconds to a minute break for every hour that you are in front of a computer screen in order to give your eyes some rest.
Our team at Allied Eye is here to help our community maintain a healthy vision for years to come! Make an appointment with our office today.
Is Your Child's Vision Ready to Go Back to School? | Allied Eye
Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017
The team at Allied Eye wants you to remember the importance of good vision when it comes to a successful school year. Make sure your child’s vision is ready to go back to school, especially during Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in August.
Eye Health Is Important
Read on for some tips to help ensure your child has an eye-healthy school year.
Have Regular Eye Exams
Your child’s vision is always changing. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your child’s eye health is being checked on a annual basis to ensure any childhood eye conditions are caught and treated as early as possible. Also, even if your child has been checked within the last year, always be sure to make an appointment with Dr. Matzkin if your child is experiencing vision problems, including having trouble seeing the board at school.
Know Your Family Eye Health History
In addition, it’s also important to share any and all family eye health history with your doctor, since some conditions have a genetic component. Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are often hereditary, meaning they’re passed down, as is color blindness.
Watch for Eye Problems
It’s important that when you’re trying to keep your child as healthy as possible this school year, that you also pay attention to subtle signs that there may be issues with his or her vision. If your child is complaining of headaches, squinting or suddenly having difficulty in school, vision might be to blame. An eye exam can help determine whether your child would benefit from glasses or contact lenses.
Also, if your child plays a sport, be sure he or she is wearing the right protective gear. Without appropriate helmets and eye protection, the eyes can be at risk during a practice or game.
Has it been a year since your child had an eye exam? Schedule an appointment with Allied Eye today to help ensure he or she is ready for school.