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We’re Open to Serve You in the Safest Way
We are temporarily changing our hours due to COVID-19. We are now open Monday – Thursday 8am-5pm.
In accordance with AOA, AAO, and CDC recommendations, we will broaden our disinfection procedures for items such as door handles and surfaces throughout the office. AOA.org and AAO.org if you are so inclined.
If you are ill in a way that doesn’t involve your eyes, we ask that you kindly reschedule your appointment to reduce the risk of exposure. We will do the same.
I (Dr. Newton) took an oath of practice 20 years ago, and the first tenet of that oath was “…that the health of my patient will be my first consideration.” That hasn’t changed, nor will it.
Best wishes to all for continued physical and mental/emotional health and well-being!
October is Home Eye Safety Awareness Month
- 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.
Eye Tests: There’s an App for That
Superhero Nutrients Can Help Protect Our Eyes
- 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.