Diabetes and the Eye

Diabetes and the Eye

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so let’s take this opportunity to learn more about how diabetes can affect your vision and eye health. In the United States alone, approximately 29 million people have been diagnosed with some form of diabetes, making it one of the most common diseases in this country. Diabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar levels are too high. This increase causes damage throughout your body, but specifically affects your kidneys, lungs, and eyes. Continue reading

Screen Time Guidelines Change for Kids

Screen Time Guidelines Change for Kids

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines regarding screen time and electronic devices for children. Recognizing that not all screen time is harmful, they eliminated the recommendation of no screen time before the age of 2. The new guidelines state that video chatting is acceptable for those 18 months and younger. And for children between 18 months and 5 years old, an hour per day of high quality programming is acceptable, and best when an adult is actively watching, commenting on and reinforcing the programming. Of course, as children grow, the focus shifts to responsible use of electronic devices including time management, social media interactions and age appropriate content. These guidelines are not ground-breaking. It reinforces what we all know intuitively, that human interaction and adult guidance play the biggest roles in a child’s cognitive and social development. Continue reading

Halloween Eye Safety Checklist

Halloween Eye Safety Checklist

Candy…check, decorations…check, costume…check, accessories…check! If your to do list looks like this you might be part of the 70 percent of Americans who will be celebrating Halloween this year. If you’re looking to put the final touches on the perfect costume by wearing cosmetic contact lenses, make sure you are aware of the risks. As much as you might want have the scariest costume use the following tips to avoid having a seriously scary complication from decorative contact lenses. Continue reading

Wash, Rinse, Repeat – Tips for Fall Allergy Relief

Wash, Rinse, Repeat – Tips for Fall Allergy Relief

It’s that time of year again, when the eyes are red, itchy and watery. Fall allergies may or may not affect the eyes.  About 75 percent of people allergic to spring plants also have reactions to ragweed, the main culprit of fall allergies. Sometimes, fall allergies only affect the eyes while the nose/throat/chest/etc. remain unaffected. Let’s focus on eye allergies. Continue reading