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By Judith Whitehead Special to The News With June upon us, we will spend more time out of doors enjoying the nice weather. Some of us may begin to notice that our vision is not as sharp as it used to be. At times, there will be halos around street lights. What once was a bright day will seem more dull to us. Cataracts could be the culprits. As we age, the na…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer May is dedicated to practicing ways in keeping our eyes in good health. Here are several ways prevention can help preserve our precious eyesight: 1. Regular comprehensive dilated eye exams: These are a first-and-foremost effort to insure there are no silent diseases affecting our eyes. When we are dilated, the pupils enlar…

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By Judith Whitehead - Contributing Writer  Spring and better weather have arrived and we will be spending a lot more time outside doing activities and sports. Adults and children have been cooped up indoors for several months and can't wait to enjoy the better outdoor days to come. Don't be too hasty to run outside without keeping safety and eye protection a priority…

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Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Statistics on workplace injuries to the eyes is surprisingly high: Every day, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical attention. Common causes include flying debris such as metal and particles while using a saw; liquid splashing; and rubbing the eyes with contaminated hands, sleeve…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans but treatments have advanced considerably in recent years for improving and salvaging vision. AMD is a disease that affects the central vision and can cause legal blindness in some people. There are two types: wet and dry. The dry type…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer For the most part, glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve of the eye and can rob peripheral vision slowly and methodically, without pain. This is why it is so important to get regular eye exams done by an eye doctor. Either an optometrist or ophthalmologist who is a medical doctor can perform this testing. …

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Retina specialists are seeing red after a major health insurer told them they could be penalized next year if they too often use $2,000-a-dose brand name drugs to treat an eye disease instead of an off-label drug that runs about $50 a dose. Independent Health told eye specialists in October it wants them to use off-label Avastin when treating at least 60 percent of pati…

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Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month in ophthalmology. Since the holiday season is upon us, we want to keep in mind eye safety when choosing and giving gifts to everyone. We must remember when buying a gift for a child that it is age appropriate. We should avoid gifts that have sharp edges, such as darts and pellet gu…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Diabetes and diabetic eye disease has become so common in the United States that more than 9 percent of the population have been diagnosed. That means that more than 29 million people have it. Surprisingly, more than one in four people who have it have yet to be diagnosed with the disease. They have slipped through the cracks…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer Wearing protective eyewear may seem to be a simple task to perform and yet we see so many eye injuries in the ophthalmology practice where I work. Doing our everyday chores poses a risk to eye safety. Household chemicals can be very hard on a person’s eyes. It is easy to get distracted while spraying chemicals on plants and k…

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Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare will participate in its third annual National Sight Week by offering free cataract surgery for local patients with low incomes and little or no medical coverage. "My partner and I feel it is very important to give back to the community in which we live and practice in," said Dr. Michael J. Endl, who will handle the surgeries along with f…

Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer September is Healthy Aging Month. As we age, loss of vision becomes more prevalent, depending on family history, health and certain eye diseases. If conditions such as Macular Degeneration, diabetes and glaucoma run in your family,  you need to make sure you have regular eye exams. Eye diseases often have no early symptoms bu…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer National Eye Exam Month is approaching in August and it is wise to start making your ophthalmology appointments soon, as offices book up quickly in the summer and fall. August is a busy month for back-to-school and end-of-summer activities. Why not plan ahead and start planning your schedule soon? Children need a basic eye…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer July is Dry Eye Awareness Month. When a person does not have the ability to produce enough of their own natural tears to adequately lubricate their eyes, they have a condition called dry eye. More than 40 million Americans suffer from dry eye, and many mistake their symptoms for allergies, fatigue or living in a dry environme…