Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a specific pattern of diseases that damage the optic nerve and cause irreversible blindness. The optic nerve carries the images we see to the brain. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among older people in the U.S. Sometimes called the "silent thief of sight," glaucoma can affect a person's sight before they realize they have the disease. While there is no known cure, loss of sight is largely preventable if glaucoma is caught and treated early.

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July 2, 2020

Fireworks Eye Safety

The numbers are clear: Fireworks are dangerous and July 4 is an especially risky time for eye injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's most recent annual fireworks injury report (PDF) fireworks caused five deaths and 9,100 injuries in 2018. Nearly two-thirds of the fireworks injuries treated in emergency rooms happened between mid-June and mid-July...

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June 25, 2020

Safety at Home: Preventing Eye Injuries

Did you know that about half of all eye injuries happen right at home?

Home activities that can injure your eyes include:

Cleaning - Chemicals like bleach in household cleaning products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year.
Home Improvement - Screws, nails and hand tools can launch into the air—and into your eyes. Power tools can also send wood chips or other substances flying into the air....

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