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Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

Five Tips to Avoid Toy-Related Eye Injuries

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, Eye Associates is joining the American Academy of Ophthalmology, reminding the public of certain safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gifts for little ones in their lives. A number of recent studies have shown that some popular toy types are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries. These include air guns and other toys that shoot projectiles, high-powered lasers, and sports equipment.

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Dr. Tyson’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

Dr. Tyson’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread

Clear the table and smell the turkey! Thanksgiving is around the corner! During this wonderful time to share delicious food with family and friends, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your eye health, but many Thanksgiving staples can promote proper eye function. One of our favorites is Dr. Tyson’s Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bread! Not only is this dish perfect for Thanksgiving, but also after Thanksgiving when you don’t know what to do with your left over pumpkin pie filling and sweet potatoes!

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Buying Decorative Contact Lenses Without A Prescription Is Scary!

Buying Decorative Contact Lenses Without A Prescription Is Scary!

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. Eye Associates joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. While it is illegal to sell non-prescription contact lenses, they can still be easily purchased at many places such as beauty supply stores, costume shops and on the web. Falsely advertised as “one-size-fits-all” or “no prescription necessary,” these lenses can cause serious eye damage. Last year, one girl became partially blind in her left eye, the top layer of her cornea having been ripped off, after a mere four hours of wearing non-prescription contact lenses she bought at a jewelry booth.

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Eye Health Tips for High School and College Students

Eye Health Tips for High School and College Students

Students face special challenges to the eyes when they are under academic performance pressure. Lack of sleep, prolonged computer use and long hours studying make for tired eyes that are dry, scratchy and achy. Prolonged computer use contributes to eye fatigue because you blink less frequently. Less blinking significantly reduces lubrication in the eye making it feel tired, scratchy and, “dry” as a result.

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Caffeine May Help Prevent Cataracts

Caffeine May Help Prevent Cataracts

Your morning cup of coffee may do more than help you keep your eyes open. It may protect them as well. Tea and coffee alkaloids may have an anti-cataract effect on the lens of the eye. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays generates compounds called free radicals that can have harmful effects on our bodies. UV exposure is a known factor in cataract formation. Because caffeine inhibits free radicals, researchers at the University of Maryland in Baltimore wanted to test its effect on cataract formation.

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