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Summer Safety Tips: What to Know About Firework Safety

As the summer months start to kick into overdrive, it’s important that patients remain safe during seasonal activities. It can be common practice to shoot fireworks throughout the months of June and July, which is why the American Academy of Ophthalmology designated June Fireworks Eye Safety Month. Between June 18th and July 18th, there are an estimated 6,300 firework-related injuries, and over 20 percent of these are eye injuries.

It’s important for your patients to know the dangers surrounding these explosives and basic firework safety. Download and share the infographic below to help educate your patient base.

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It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Hurts Their Eye

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are in full swing, and everyone is full of good cheer. Though some people might be greeting this season with a more anxious flare, they might be right. Children are looking forward to gifts and gadgets under the tree, but they can’t see the potential dangers that accompany their favorite toys. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has dedicated December as Safe Toys and Celebrations Month to help alert parents to the hazards that can come with popular toys. Continue reading It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Hurts Their Eye

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Solar Eclipse 2017 & What to Tell Your Patients

Phenomenon (1)

  1. A fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable.
  2. Something that is impressive or extraordinary.

There are some people who will go their whole lives without witnessing an astronomical phenomenon. A few examples of these rare happenstances are Halley’s comet, planetary alignments, and the Venus Transition, the moment when Venus comes between Earth and the sun and is visible as a small black disc. All these occurrences are once-in-a-lifetime chances, recurring every 75 to 110 years or more. But this year, on August 21st, there will be an extraordinary phenomena for us all to witness.

While this incident is monumental, few observers will know about and use the proper equipment and eye wear to watch the proceedings. Continue reading Solar Eclipse 2017 & What to Tell Your Patients

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Can Nutraceutical Support of Visual Function Help Protect the Brain from Concussion?

Athlete hurt on the field.
By Dr. Dorothy Hitchmoth

In the recent movie Concussion, actor Will Smith, playing the now infamous doctor Bennet Omalu, says, “repetitive head trauma chokes the brain”.   I know this is true.  My 20 years as a VA eye doctor is a privilege that bears the reality of the effects of repeat brain trauma as well as the perseverance embedded in the souls of our nation’s finest men and women.  My perspective on treating these patients is hardly mired given my proverbial view to the brain. Continue reading Can Nutraceutical Support of Visual Function Help Protect the Brain from Concussion?