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Women's Eye Health & Safety Month

Created on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: dry eye syndrome, vision health, eye exams, women\'s eye health, exercise

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Did you know that more women suffer from visual impairments than men? Two thirds of blindness occurs in women, fortunately 75% of visual impairment is preventable and/or treatable.

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Foods to help fight AMD

Created on: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: age related macular degeneration, fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, omega 3 nutrients

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans. Age-related macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records images and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to brain. The retina's central portion, known as the macula, is in charge of focusing central vision in the eye. It controls our ability to read, recognize faces and colors, drive a car, and see objects in fine detail.

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Important tips for contact lens wearers

Created on: Monday, March 17, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: contact lenses, infection, cornea, proper care, prescriptions, vision, eye health

Are you one of the approximately 36 million Americans who wear contact lenses? Chances are that you went through a mini-course in proper hygiene with your eye doctor when you first obtained your prescription, but if you're being completely honest, any typical morning might involve waking up, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, throwing in your contact lenses and quickly drinking some coffee before heading out the door to greet the day. That all-too-quick minute used to put in your contact lenses may seem as insignificant and routine as choosing a travel mug for your morning coffee, but think about it, those lenses you are hastily placing in your eyes are custom-fitted, doctor-prescribed medical devices that should be given a whole lot more consideration.

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Created on: Monday, March 03, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: eye health, safety, computer vision syndrome, eye exams, long island eye surgical care, p.c.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Whether you spend hours in front of a computer or use power tools at your day job, it is always important to keep eye health and safety in mind as the gift of sight is irreplaceable.

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Tips to protect your eyes this winter

Created on: Monday, February 10, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: winter, dry eyes, protection, sunglasses, uv rays, long island eye surgical care, p.c.

Our eyes are extremely delicate organs, and while most of us often think more about staying warm in the winter months rather than taking care of our eyes, eye injuries and irritation can just as easily occur in February as in June. Whether you’re hitting the slopes, heading to work or just getting cozy by the fire, you should be aware of your surroundings when it comes to protecting your vision. Here are some easy tips to keep your eyes healthy this winter.

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Proper nutrition promotes good eye health

Created on: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: eye health, nutrition, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, long island eye surgical care, p.c.

We all know that proper nutrition is crucial in maintaining long-term wellness, and as more and more Americans tackle issues associated with obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even premature death, it is becoming more evident that poor nutrition has a negative effect on health. Proper nutrition isn't just essential for your overall health, it's also important for the health of your eyes.

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Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Created on: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: smartphones, tablets, computers, eye strain, fatigue, vision, eye health, long island eye

We probably all heard this one as a kid: "Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll strain your eyes!" Now fast forward to the age of smartphones, and everyone is constantly looking at a screen that's only a few inches away from their eyes.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, January 13, 2014
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: glaucoma, vision loss, eye exams, optic nerve, intraocular pressure, prevention, treatment

This month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. January is an important time to raise awareness and spread the word about glaucoma, its symptoms and its treatment. The disease is considered the "silent thief of sight" as there are virtually no symptoms associated with it and once vision is lost, it's gone for good. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before any sort of change is noticed. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but with early detection and treatment, its effects can be slowed down and further vision loss can be prevented. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of these individuals don't even know that they have the disease. With these numbers growing, it is very important to not only receive regular eye examinations, but to help raise awareness about the disease as well.

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Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Created on: Monday, December 23, 2013
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: uv light, protection, dry eye, sunglasses, long island eye surgical care, p.c.

Most of us associate sunglasses with warm weather, hanging out at the beach, and other fun summertime activities, and while sunglasses are important for preventing UV damage to our eyes, most of us make the mistake of forgetting to wear our favorite shades during the cold, and sometimes snowy, winter months. Here are some important reasons why it is important to always remember to wear your sunglasses – any time of the year.

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December is National Safe Toy and Gifts Month

Created on: Monday, December 02, 2013
Author: Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Tags: children vision, safety, eye injuries, toys, prevention, long island eye surgical care, p.c.

Children's bright eyes epitomize the spirit of the holiday season, but those same bright eyes can become weary and even injured without proper supervision during the holiday gift-giving season as toys and computer games can prove hazardous to children's vision. The Consumer Products and Safety Commission reports that more than 230,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms annually. Of those injured, approximately one third under the age of five and more than 45% of those injuries are to the head and face. Most eye injuries caused by toys are completely preventable. Many parents are simply unaware of what to look for to maximize children's eye safety when purchasing toys.

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