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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: 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: 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: 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: Dreaded pink eye is contagious, but it’s also easy to treat – and even avoid

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   An eye with conjunctivitis (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) If you have children, there’s hardly anything more dreaded than hearing there’s a case of pink eye in their classroom. Pink eye is highly contagious and is most common in preschoolers, schoolchildren, students, teachers and daycare workers. However, pink eye is easily treated and can be avoided...

Eye Health: Super Bowl Party with the Pros helps babies, toddlers living with vision loss

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   At Stratton Eyes, it’s important for us to give back and help support charitable organizations that do great things in our community.   VIPS is one such group. The mission of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc. is to help infants and toddlers with vision loss achieve the developmental milestones all babies must reach so they can walk, talk...

Eye Health: New toys from Santa? Here are a few eye safety tips every parent should know

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Is your house filled with new toys after Christmas? As a mom of two young sons, my living room is a combination of guns, balls, cars and Legos. While all of these are fun and can keep kids occupied for hours, some toys pose a serious risk for eye injuries.   Aerosol string is one of several toys that can cause eye injuries. (Photo from AllAboutVision.com) According...

Eye Health: Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40

Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Do you know the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40? This condition is also the principal cause of blindness. Glaucoma? No. It’s cataracts.   Magnified view of a cataract in the human eye (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Prevent Blindness America reports there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular...

Eye Health: Vision changes after age 40 can’t be prevented or cured but can be managed

Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   When you hit 40, more than your weight and memory can go haywire. I remember the day I started holding the newspaper and menus farther away to read them. As an optometrist, I knew why this was happening… it didn’t make me happy, but at least I understood why. For a lot of people, the sudden changes in vision cause feelings of confusion and they often...

Eye Health: Children playing sports need protective eyewear as much as helmets, pads

Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   My sons are in the middle of fall baseball season. While I have seen plenty of pitches and outs, I have not seen a lot of protective eyewear on the field. The statistics prove there should be:   • Emergency rooms treat more than 40,000 eye injuries every year that are sports-related; 25,000 of these injuries happen to children. (Prevent Blindness...