Weed Whacking Nail in the Eye

A 27 year old professional landscaper was using his weed whacker (string trimmer) in Boston when it flung a nail into his right eye. He used his cell phone to call 911 and was in the emergency department within 20 minutes. Other than suffering severe pain, he was alert and well. Eight weeks after removal…

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Eye Risk of Foam Parties

Ever heard of a "foam party"? These are parties where soapy foam is sprayed onto the dance floor from the ceiling or from blowers on the floor.  Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control investigated one such party of 350 people in Florida. About 16% of attendees visited the ER for eye injuries with…

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Safety in Viewing the Transit of Venus Across the Sun

In many parts of the world today it will be possible to view the transit of the planet Venus passing in front of the sun. This rare event will not occur again for more than 100 years. However, long, direct exposure to the sun's light can cause permanent damage to the retina. Here is a…

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Diet and Eye Health

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease of aging that affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD gradually destroys the vision needed to see objects clearly, such as reading and driving and causes no pain.Risk factors, aside from age, include smoking, obesity, race (whites are much more…

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Facts About Cataracts

Cataracts are cloudy areas over the lens of your eye. As people age, they become more at risk for developing cataracts. It’s important to get them treated right away so they don’t cause permanent vision damage. Cataracts can be both genetic and environmental. Exposure to smoke, toxins, radiation and sunlight can put you at risk…

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