October

October - Halloween Eye Safety Month

October is Halloween Eye Safety Month!

With Halloween soon upon us, it is not only important to remember safety while trick-or-treating, but also while planning the perfect costume! Decorative lenses are often times especially appealing during Halloween because they can change the appearance of the eyes. Although decorative lenses may seem “cool,” they are not fashion accessories or makeup, and are still considered medical devices that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [1][5] In observation of Halloween Eye Safety this October, remember to talk to your ophthalmologist if you plan on using and obtaining contact lenses as part of your costume! [Read more…]

September

September - Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month!

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. The observance of Healthy Aging Month in September emphasizes the importance of having regular eye exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision. [1] [Read more…]

August

August - National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month!

Don’t forget to make comprehensive eye exams a part of your overall health routine! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction—but it’s just one of the reasons to get your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision.” [1] [Read more…]

July

July - UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month!

Studies show that long-term and excessive exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. If eyes are exposed to strong sunlight for too long without protection, UV rays can burn the cornea and cause temporary blindness in a matter of hours. Long-term sun exposure has also been linked to an increased risk of cataracts, cancer, and growths on or near the eye. [Read more…]

June

June - Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month!

Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Cataracts may cause cloudy, blurry, or dim vision and often develops with advancing age. If not treated, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. During Cataract Awareness Month in June, Giliberti Eye and Laser Center and the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight!
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