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KAEPS: Lifestyle choices may help glaucoma patients preserve eyesight — early detection matters

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss, affecting about 3 million people in the United States. Because there are no symptoms early on, about half of people with the disease don’t know they have it. Once vision is lost to glaucoma, it can’t be regained. During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American Academy of...

Keven Moore: As New Year’s Eve celebration looms, be careful of those flying champagne corks

If your New Year’s Eve plans this year includes shaking up a good bottle of champagne, popping the cork with two thumbs, and spraying nearby partygoers in a wild frenzy as you bring in the New Year you might want to reconsider. Popping open a bottle of champagne always seems very glamorous on TV, but if you’ve done it in real life, it can cause a serious injury. The fact is every year...

It’s Healthy Aging Month, a good time to think about your eye health and getting a regular exam

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American...

Kentucky ophthalmologists urge eye protection for recreational and professional sports

New research shows that about 30,000 people in the U.S. go to emergency departments each year with sports-related eye injuries, a substantially higher estimate than previously reported. This April during Sports Eye Safety Month, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind the public that the right protective eyewear is the best defense against...

Sixty percent of Americans with diabetes skip annual sight-saving exams; don’t wait to get a check-up

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases, yet most do not have sight-saving, annual eye exams, according to a study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the Academy in reiterating the importance of eye exams during the month of November, which is observed as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Researchers...

As Halloween approaches, KAEPS reminding Kentuckians of risks of costume contact lenses

Scary-looking costume contact lenses may elevate your Halloween’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in ensuring the public understands the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. It is illegal to sell non-prescription...

Healthy Aging Month: Time to think about eye exams and maintaining health eyes and vision

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American...

Healthy Vision Month: Women more likely to suffer from sight-threatening disease; here are some tips

Studies show there is a gender gap in eye disease. Women are more likely than men to suffer from sight-threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and glaucoma.1 In support of Healthy Vision Month in May, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind seniors to make vision a top priority. Women make up 65...

Basketball, baseball and air/paintball guns top cause most eye injuries, KAEPS offers some safety tips

More than 40 percent of eye injuries that occur every year are related to sports or recreational activities. A recent study found that about 30,000 people in the U.S. went to an emergency department with a sports-related eye injury, a substantially higher estimate than previously reported. Three sports accounted for almost half of all injuries: basketball, baseball and air/paintball guns. Basketball...

KAEPS reminds those at high risk of for Glaucoma that early detection is key to successful treatment

Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss worldwide. It affects more than 3 million people in the United States—nearly half of whom are unaware they have the disease. During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding the public that early detection and treatment can help protect your sight. Glaucoma...

Non-prescription contacts might make the perfect costume, but opthalmologists say they carry big risks

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. While it is illegal...