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February: Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February: Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

New Research Suggests Alcohol May Not Be Safe for People with Age-related Macular Degeneration Even though Dry January is over, new research suggests you may want to consider keeping the no-alcohol challenge going all year. A recent study published in Current Eye...

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January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Both supermodel Christie Brinkley and Bono, the lead singer of U2, were diagnosed with glaucoma during a routine eye exam. Both were also surprised by the diagnosis since they weren’t experiencing problems with their vision. That’s the sinister nature of glaucoma, one...

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DECEMBER: SAFE TOYS AND CELEBRATIONS MONTH

DECEMBER: SAFE TOYS AND CELEBRATIONS MONTH

Ophthalmologists have long cautioned against purchasing toys that pose a danger to children’s eyes. We are now adding digital devices to our usual list of BB guns, Nerf guns, and slingshots. That’s because evidence is mounting that too much screen time and not enough...

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NOVEMBER: DIABETIC EYE DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER: DIABETIC EYE DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States among adults age 20-74, and is the fifth most common cause of preventable blindness globally. Among the 30 million Americans with diabetes, about one-third have diabetic retinopathy, the...

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OCTOBER-HALLOWEEN EYE SAFETY

OCTOBER-HALLOWEEN EYE SAFETY

If your Halloween plans include scary eyes, beware of costume contact lenses labeled “one size fits all” or “no need to see an eye doctor.” Costume lenses must be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional, just like regular contact lenses. Otherwise, you may...

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SEPTEMBER: HEALTHY EYE AGING MONTH

SEPTEMBER: HEALTHY EYE AGING MONTH

Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of low vision. Other common contributors include diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and inherited retinal diseases. But there are many simple changes people can make on their own to help them live better:...

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AUGUST: CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH/SAFETY MONTH

AUGUST: CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH/SAFETY MONTH

Nearsightedness is a Public Health Crisis Nearsightedness has risen dramatically over the last 50 years. If nothing is done to help slow the increase, half the world’s population may be nearsighted by the year 2050. That means much more than a lot of people in...

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JULY-UV SAFETY MONTH

JULY-UV SAFETY MONTH

Buying Sunglasses? Read This First Not all sunglasses are created equal. Hint: it’s all about the UV protection! Wearing sunglasses without 100 percent UV protection is actually a serious health risk - regardless of the season, sun exposure can increase the risk of...

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FIREWORKS EYE SAFETY & CATARACT AWARENESS MONTH

FIREWORKS EYE SAFETY & CATARACT AWARENESS MONTH

Author: Dana Karbassi Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on consumer fireworks, which cause more than 9,000 injuries a year. With the Fourth of July holiday just weeks away, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding the public that...

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May is Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month

If you’re like most Americans, you probably thought you would notice a change in your vision if you had an eye disease. The fact is some of the leading causes of blindness—such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy—can begin without any symptoms. That’s why all healthy...

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