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The Month of March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

The Month of March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Too often, we see patients who have injuries that are a result of a workplace incident. Whether is it dry eye from spending too much time each day looking at a monitor, a piece of debris stuck in an eye, or a detached retina caused by an extraneous activity, there are lots of dangers that could present themselves at work.

Top Causes of Workplace Eye Injuries and Illnesses

Uncorrected vision problems leading to accidents
Masonry or carpentry work
UV light given off by welding torches
Wearing the wrong eye protection
Not wearing any eye protection
Hazardous conditions such as wind
Cleaning or chemical products
Too much time looking at screens

Preventing Workplace Eye Injuries
Preventing eye injuries is not hard to do. First off, OSHA rules should always be followed on any job […]

Early Detection for Glaucoma: Preserve Your Vision

January is National Glaucoma Month, and it’s important to raise awareness about this irreversible eye disease. Over 3 million Americans in the United States have Glaucoma and many are unaware that they have it. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” as it’s one of the leading causes of blindness, and it typically does not have symptoms such as pain.

There isn’t a cure for Glaucoma. With an aging population, the epidemic of blindness caused by Glaucoma will continue to increase. Individuals who are over the age of 40 should have an eye examination, as symptoms of Glaucoma are difficult to detect. In addition, Glaucoma is more prevalent in the African-American and Latino population, especially for those over the age of 60. People of Japanese descent are particularly at risk.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye […]

What Causes Ocular Migraines?

If you’ve ever had an ocular migraine, then you know it’s not a pleasant experience. Not only this but ocular migraines can lead to vision loss and in some cases, total blindness. This is why it is vital to gain an understanding of ocular migraines, learning the causes of ocular migraines, and the best course of treatment to follow.
Ocular Migraines
Ocular migraines can occur during a traditional headache or appear after one forms. Although not too common, ocular migraines do happen to people and can be bothersome. Issues with your vision or vision loss can happen when you have ocular migraines. You may feel your eyes becoming sensitive toward the light too. Headaches that last for long periods of time, such as up to several days, can signify that you are suffering from ocular migraines as well. You may even […]

How Optical Coherence Tomography Can Help Diagnose Many Eye Conditions

Advanced technology for eye care diagnosis and eye care treatment has become a great help for ophthalmologists. Optical coherence tomography is one method for viewing extremely detailed images of the eye and accurate diagnoses of most common ocular diseases.
Optical Coherence Tomography
Also called OCT, optical coherence tomography is a sophisticated imaging test that is used by ophthalmologists to help diagnose and check on eye conditions. The test involves the use of harmless infrared light waves to capture images of the retina. With OCT, doctors can view each layer of the retina. It allows them to take precise measurements, diagnose and monitor the response to treatment.
Diagnosing Eye Conditions
Before the optical coherence tomography can be used on an individual, the patient’s eyes are dilated with eye drops to increase the size of the pupil allowing for a better visualization of the retina. […]

What Is Blepharoplasty?

With the amount of treatments and surgical procedures available in society today, it can be difficult to keep up with what is what. Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as an eye lift, is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure.

Eye Lift Basics

A blepharoplasty is essentially a way to correct droopy eyelids due to redundant skin and excessive fat which causes puffiness. Not only can an eye lift help with creating a more youthful appearance, but it can also work in providing more sight for those of an older age who have trouble seeing due to their eyelids sagging and blocking vision. The procedure itself does not have an impact on or work to correct dark circles. Also, treatment of puffy, fatty bags are part of Blepharoplasty.

How Eyelid Surgery Work

Eyelid surgery is best performed by an oculoplastic surgeon who is trained specifically for this […]

Understanding Glaucoma: Symptoms and Treatment

Glaucoma is an eye condition often spoken about in society, but most do not understand what it is. If you or someone you know has never suffered from glaucoma, then you may not be well-informed on the details about it, such as the symptoms or what the available treatment options are. Being that sight is one, if not the, most important sense, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on eye diseases like glaucoma. You or a family member may have glaucoma and not even know it.

What Is Glaucoma?

Typically passed down in genes, glaucoma is an eye disease that involves harm to the eye’s optic nerves. Intraocular pressure, otherwise best described as fluid pressure within the eye, can act as the catalyst for causing damage to the optic nerves. This is dangerous because a major function of the optic […]

June is Firework Eye Safety Month

Its that time of year where people are starting to plan their 4th of July activities, which as we all know typically involve a lot of fireworks. That is why the month of June, as well as being declared as Cataract Awareness Month, is also Firework Eye Safety Month.

We tend to get carried away in the fun and excitement that fireworks bring, while forgetting that we are lighting off explosives! According to Friends for Sight, over 6,000 people visit the emergency room between the 18th of June and the 18th of July with firework related injuries. Approximately 20% of those are eye related injuries.

Is support of Firework Eye Safety Month, the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute has put together some safety precautions for you to take so that you and your family can enjoy fireworks safely while protecting your eyes.
Firework […]