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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...

Take care of your vision; get a thorough eye exam to detect problems early and protect your health

By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. Many sight-robbing conditions can be effectively treated if detected early enough, in many cases limiting or eliminating the damage to eyesight. During the month of May, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in sharing valuable information about how to take care...

KAEPS warns that 90 percent of work-related eye injuries can be avoided by wearing eye protection

On-the-job safety goes well beyond avoiding slips, falls and heavy lifting. Caring for your eyes should be a high priority and part of an overall workplace wellness routine. Each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. However, 90 percent of these accidents can be avoided by wearing eye protection. As part of an ongoing effort to stress the importance...

Eye Health: Some eye-opening insight into what the definition of perfect eyesight is

By Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward 20/20 Vision: What is it exactly? It’s likely you’ve heard the expression 20/20 vision. You may think 20/20 vision means you have perfect eyesight, so this post will be eye-opening for you. Here are some facts to help clarify what 20/20 truly is: When you step into your eye doctor’s office, the first thing you can expect is to look at a chart. The chart...

Eye Health: Summer eye care tips include use of goggles, water and sunscreen

By Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward Continuing with our two-part series on summer eye care, here are five more ways to protect your eyes this summer: Whether it’s in the pool, lake, or ocean, you should wear a pair of goggles. Pool operators often increase chlorine levels to counteract the rising incidence of skin infection during the summer. This can lead to eye irritation, as well as the other...

Eye Health: Five ways to keep your eyes safe in the summer sun

By Dr. Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward From bike rides and hikes, to beach vacations, and time at the pool or ballpark, our eyes experience an abundant amount of sun exposure during the summertime. You can protect your skin with sunscreen on these bright days, but how can you protect your eyes? In the first of a two-part series on summer eye care, five ways to keep your eyes safe in the sun: —...

Eye safety important during summer fun as water often contains bacteria that can cause eye infections

Looking to escape the summer heat, Kentuckians will flock to local pools, waterparks and lakes for a day of relaxing relief or to play water sports. However, contact lens wearers sometimes break important sanitation rules and risk infection by wearing their contact lenses around water, which often contains bacteria. The Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) offers contact lens wearers safety tips on...

Eye Health: What are the main factors to consider when shopping for a pair of glasses?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward Shopping for eyeglasses can be fun and frustrating at the same time. To streamline the process, I have a new business coming to Central Kentucky this summer… more to come in a future column! In the meantime, there are two main things to consider when shopping for glasses: your face shape and coloring. With some help from Cosmopolitan.com, here’s a basic...

Eye Health: Spring is the season of splashy colors, unfortunately many see them through red, itchy eyes

By Dr. Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward As beautiful as this spring is in Kentucky, it leaves many people with red, itchy, watery eyes. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies. Living in the Ohio Valley, which is an area known for containing a lot of allergens, many of my clients suffer from seasonal allergies....

Eye Health: How often should you schedule an eye exam and who should you see?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist When was the last time you had your eyes examined? I recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors and whether you currently wear corrective lenses. Sometimes, annual exams are recommended. Those who advise annual exams do so because eyes can change very quickly, and in ways that only an eye doctor may detect....

Eye Health: Answering common questions, beginning with — Can your eyes have freckles?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist I hope 2016 is going well for all of you. I’m planning a lot of new ventures this year that I’ll tell you about soon. In the meantime, as a way to answer questions you may have about eye care, I plan to write about common questions we hear from patients. Beginning with: can my eyes have freckles? Yes. Like a raised freckle on the skin, nevi can also occur...

Eye Health: New research points to visual connection for those suffering from case of winter blues

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season. With winter officially beginning, I thought you would be interested in new research on how our color perception changes between seasons. Scientists at England’s University of York have shed new light on how humans process color that reveals we see things differently in winter compared with summer. We identify...

Eye Health: New eye drops show promise, offer hope for people who have cataracts

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist One more reason to be thankful this holiday season: New research shows promise for people who have cataracts. A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of California, San Francisco has helped discover a new eye drop that could cure cataracts. Magnified view of a cataract seen on examination with a slit lamp (Wikimedia Commons photo) According...

Eye Health: Firstborn’s better visual skills may mean earlier school success, study shows

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Hopefully you are back into the swing of things with work and school. Speaking of school, I recently read a report that will interest all of the parents who read this column.   In December, the Illinois College of Optometry released a first-of-its-kind study that indicates firstborn children tend to have better eye movement skills than their siblings....

Eye Health: Visit your eye doctor, improve diet, sunglasses among tips for healthier eyes

Among the tips for healthier eyes in 2015: see your eye doctor (Creative Commons Photo)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Happy holidays! I am sure you are rushing around taking care of gifts, decorating and baking. I hope you plan to take some time off during the season to focus not only on those you love, but also on yourself.   In that downtime, here are a few things to...

Eye Health: Optometrists already ahead of game when it comes to sports concussions

Half of the brain is taken up with vision so concussions during football games can seriously affect players’ vision. (Photo from UK Football/Facebook)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   It’s an exciting football season with University of Kentucky being much improved over previous years. This enhanced interest in football is a great reminder that while it’s a favorite sport...

Eye Health: Research shows optometrists
may play a vital role in detecting ADHD

  By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   I recently read some new research that is very interesting and is of particular interest to parents of children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Based on new research from Israel, optometrists may have a vital role to play in detecting the commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder.   The new study...

Eye Health: More than homework overload, school can mean electronic device eye strain

The AOA recommends children follow the 20-20-20 rule while using electronic devices at school – every 20 minutes stop for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away. (Photo from AOA)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Just like many of you who are reading this, my sons headed back to school (reluctantly) this month. The summer included a lot of baseball and time at the...

Eye Health: Children are more susceptible
to damage from UV rays; protection is a must

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   It seems as if I was just writing about the beginning of summer and now I’m talking about back-to-school eye exams. A lot of parents are bringing their children in for those exams, which is a good time to discuss the importance of protecting eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.   Up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation...

Eye Health: With Kentucky cities top of the
allergens list, take precautions to protect eyes

The yellow spots on the honey bee are pollen grains from the dandelion. In Kentucky, pollen is everywhere! (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Summertime … finally!   If your family is anything like mine, you are spending a lot of time outside. From sitting out at ball fields, to attending camps and working in the garden, we all love to be...