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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...

KOA: Aging adults should follow simple tips to improve eye health, combat vision changes

It’s a fact of life that vision can change over time, resulting in a number of noticeable differences in how well aging adults see the world around them. According to the American Optometric Association, 78 percent of adults age 55 or older report experiencing some vision loss. With Older Americans Month being celebrated in May, the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) is encouraging seniors...

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....

Spring is here — and so are seasonal allergies; here are some tips to reduce eye discomfort

April showers bring spring allergies.   Along with the beautiful blooming flowers and growing grass, spring in Kentucky means the discomfort of seasonal eye allergies has arrived. Many people may be experiencing symptoms from swollen eyelids to dry eye to itchy, watery eyes. According to the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA), this irritation occurs when the eye comes in contact with pollen, dander,...

Take time during Glaucoma Awareness Month to protect against vision loss through early detection

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) is urging people take control of their eye health through early detection to help minimize the risk of developing glaucoma. The disease leads to progressive damage to the optic nerve and a loss of nerve tissue, which ultimately results in loss of vision. Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over...

Top foods for healthy eyes: Kentucky Optometric Association says it’s probably not what you think

Special to KyForward A balanced diet is an important foundation to maintain good health, but many Americans don’t know what nutrients are best for their eyes, and that diet can affect your eye health and vision as you age. A 2015 national survey from the American Optometric Association found that 48 percent of Americans think of carrots are the best food for eye health. The correct answers are kale,...