Really, Toy Guns Are Dangerous for Your Eyes

December 14, 2018

Some people think Nerf darts are safe because they’re ‘soft.’ But three patients at the heart of a medical report all had days or weeks of pain and blurred vision from toy dart injuries.

The report, published in BMJ Case Reports, reinforces what that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has said many times. Projectile toys are not safe. The three cases, treated at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom, underscore the serious nature of eye injuries during playtime.

Top Tips for Choosing Safe Toys this Holiday

December 6, 2018

No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children’s toys can cause serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2014, and and almost half of these injuries affect the head or face...

Thanksgiving fare? Consider these eye-healthy foods

November 19, 2018

It's not only the holiday greens, but also the yellows, reds and oranges of a nutrient-rich diet that contribute to an eye-healthy smorgasbord this Thanksgiving. Called carotenoids, those colorful pigments in fruits and vegetables—even the vibrant Fall foliage—are powerful antioxidants that protect against cellular damage, and when combined with other essential vitamins and nutrients, provide health benefits vital for aging eyes. Vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids all play important roles in reducing the risks for certain eye diseases...

New Research: How Increased Screen Time Effects Your Sleep

November 1, 2018

For most, the time spent staring at screens -- on computers, phones, iPads -- constitutes many hours and can often disrupt sleep. Now, Salk Institute researchers have pinpointed how certain cells in the eye process ambient light and reset our internal clocks...

FDA: Decorative Halloween Contact Lenses Could be Dangerous

October 16, 2018

Whether corrective or decorative, all contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and that means they require a prescription from an eye doctor before touching your eyes. Likewise, it means those knock-off, costume contact lenses packaged next to lottery tickets at the convenience store aren't only of questionable legality, but they also could be dangerous...