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Halloween Eye Safety for Kids

Most kids love Halloween and dressing up in different costumes. As you prepare for Halloween, you need to remember that safety is key. Halloween can pose many threats to vision or eye safety. Your kids should be able to enjoy the day without risking their vision. The following tips will help you protect your child as they go trick-or-treating. 

Dry vs. Wet Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, has no cure. However, it is important to learn about this eye condition since it is one of the leading causes of vision loss in America. Macular degeneration affects more people than glaucoma and cataracts combined.

When Should I Bring My Child In for an Eye Exam?

According to experts, 80 percent of what a child learns is information presented visually. Thus, it is important to detect vision problems early to ensure your child’s success in and out of the classroom. 

What Are Cataracts and How Do They Develop?

Cataracts are dense cloudy layers that form in the lens of the eye. They result from abnormal proteins clumping together in the eye over time. They form a cloud that hinders the lens from sending clear images to the retina, blocking light from passing through clearly. They potentially result in vision loss. Cataracts are fairly common among older people, but the good news is they are treatable. 

Process of Contact Lenses Exam

Several options are effective for providing vision correction. Contact lenses are an increasingly popular alternative to wearing glasses. Some patients choose to wear contact lenses alongside glasses, while others choose contacts as their primary solution for vision correction.

Preventing and Treating Eye Allergies

Allergies are extremely common and can affect people in many different ways. Some allergy sufferers find that it is their eyes that are most affected. When you have allergies, your body sees a usually harmless something as a potentially hostile invader and sets off defenses against it. These defenses are called histamines and it’s these that cause the symptoms that are associated with having an allergic creation. 

Importance of UV Protection

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation naturally comes from the sun. Other artificial sources can also produce UV, such as fluorescent lighting or a welder’s flash. But for a lot of people, the sun is its primary source. While everyone knows that UV light is harmful to the skin, some don’t realize the damage it can have on the eyes. Overexposure to sunlight can cause temporary problems. These include eye swelling, excessive watering, burning sensation, and photophobia. But long-term overexposure can have severe effects. That’s why you must use UV protection.

Common Vision Issues in Kids and Treating Them

Vision issues affecting people of all ages. However, there are some vision issues in children that are more common than others. Here’s what you need to know about them, including how they are treated.

Treating Keratoconus with Scleral Lenses

In the early days, the ultimate treatment for poor vision and corneal steepening was corneal transplant surgery. The surgery improved vision but carried its risks. They would also need a lifetime of maintenance using multiple procedures. But, with scleral lenses, patients can enjoy improved vision and long-term stability. Even the most severe keratoconus patients have improved vision and avoid a corneal transplant. Unless there’s severe scarring in the central part of the eye, scleral lenses do just fine.

Diagnosing and Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

According to the 2020 data published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10.5 percent of the people in the United States have diabetes. One of its complications is diabetic retinopathy. It’s a sight-threatening condition that causes progressive retinal damage due to high blood sugar. Diabetic retinopathy has little to no symptoms at first. But over time, the condition can result in blindness. Do you want to learn more about diagnosing and treating diabetic retinopathy? Read on to find out.

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