October is Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

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Photo: KidsHealth.org

October has been named Home Eye Safety Awareness Month by the group Prevent Blindness America. Most eye injuries occur at home. Here are some guidelines for at-home eye safety, provided by Optometry Times:

Chemical Burns

  • Immediately flush the eye with water. Hold the eye under a faucet or shower, or pour water into the eye using a clean container. Keep the eye open and as wide as possible while flushing. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes.
  • DO NOT use an eyecup. DO NOT bandage the eye.
  • If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. This may wash away the lens.
  • Seek immediate medical treatment after flushing.

Specks in the Eye

  • DO NOT rub the eye.
  • Allow tears wash the speck out or use an eyewash.
  • Try lifting the upper eyelid outward and down over the lower lid.
  • If the speck does not wash out, keep the eye closed, bandage it lightly, and see a doctor.

Blows to the Eye

  • Apply a cold compress without putting pressure on the eye. Crushed ice in a plastic bag can be taped to the forehead to rest gently on the injured eye.
  • In cases of pain, reduced vision, or discoloration (black eye), seek emergency medical care. Any of these symptoms could mean internal eye damage.

Cuts and Punctures

  • DO NOT wash out the eye with water or any other liquid.
  • DO NOT try to remove an object that is stuck in the eye.
  • Cover the eye with a rigid shield without applying pressure. The bottom half of a paper cup can be used.
  • See a doctor at once.
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Eye Tests: There’s an App for That


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These days, it seems there’s truly an app for everything. Got a smartphone? There are apps out now for testing your visual acuity, astigmatism and more. While we at Newton Eye Care Center know there’s no replacement for an optometrist’s care, it might be fun to check these out. Learn more about the apps here. And if you find you don’t do as well on the tests as you hoped, contact us at (989) 667-9393 for an appointment!

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Superhero Nutrients Can Help Protect Our Eyes

veggiesWe know protein helps build our muscles. Calcium helps our bones. But what about our eyes? There are actually superhero nutrients that work for the benefit of your eyesight! Among them:

  • Omega 3: A national Eye Institute study in 2009 found that people who ate oily fish at least once a week, which is an excellent source of Omega 3, reduced the risk of developing macular degeneration by as much as 50% compared to participants who did not consume a regular intake of Omega 3.
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin: As well as being present in many leafy plants, fruits and vegetables, there are also high concentrations of Lutein and Zeaxanthin found in the macula of the human eye. Their function is the same for humans as it is for the fruit and vegetables, to provide protection from harmful light reaching the underlying structures in the retina.

Want to know more? Check out this Living Green Magazine article. Need to schedule an appointment? Contact Newton Eye Care Center at (989) 667-9393.

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