Eye Safety

Eye Safety

Educational articles about eye safety and eye protection, from the doctors of Ophthalmology at Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

Alcohol Consumption And It’s Effect On Vision

Drinking alcohol excessively can not only have harmful effects in the body but also on the eyes. One of the effects of heavy drinking of alcohol is blurry vision which can be due to brain function being impaired or poor eye muscle coordination.  Double vision or diplopia can also result from the eye muscles not working well together when too much alcohol is consumed.

The speed of constriction and dilation of the pupils can be slowed by alcohol consumption.  When this occurs it can impair your reaction to headlights or streetlights.

Peripheral vision can be restricted while drinking alcohol.  This can lead to poor judgement while driving. You may experience a “tunnel vision” effect.

If long term alcohol consumption continues you can develop optic neuropathy or alcohol amblyopia. A persons best corrected vision may be permanently decreased.

While light consumption of alcohol may not […]

Summer Eye Safety

South Florida’s channel 10 news recently interviewed Dr. Keith Skolnick on the air to discuss summer eye injuries and eye safety. In the short video below you will hear about common injuries that occur in the summer along with tips about how to protect your eyes from these injuries. You will also hear one of Dr. Skolnick’s patients talking about his injury and how it was treated.
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Can Watching 3-D Games Really Hurt Children’s Eyes?

A few days ago Nintendo issued a warning that children under 6 should not look at the 3-D screen on its new 3DS hand-held device because “ it could harm eye development”. This left pediatric ophthalmologists, some of them world-leading authorities on childhood eye development, scratching their heads.


Is it Safe to Wear Your Contacts in the Pool or Ocean?

If you swim with contacts on, do not open your eyes under water.

Is There a Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Sunglasses for Eye Protection?

As long as sunglasses protect you from UV-A and UV-B wavelengths of sunlight, the sunglasses are OK. Look for the label on the sunglasses to see if they have the proper protection. The effects of UV radiation on the eye are complex and fall into three categories...