DID YOU KNOW?
- Up to 80% of our lifetime exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) occurs by 18 years of age.
- More than 50% of children spend at least four hours per day engaged in activities that can cause “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
- There are several tests used for the definitive diagnosis of glaucoma, including “retinal nerve fiber analysis,” which can pick up the earliest changes up to 5-10 years before other tests. However, checking the pressure inside the eyes is the test used most routinely. Many patients associate the often unpopular “puff of air” test with glaucoma testing. Some comment that the anticipation of “air puff” test is the reason they delay getting their eyes tested. The “air puff” test is no longer considered the “standard of care,” and is NOT the test used in our office. We haven’t even had that piece of equipment since 1988!
- 80% of what a child learns in school is through the visual system, but less than half have ever had a pediatric eye exam. Conversely, seven out of ten of these children have had a dental exam.
- The “National Women’s Health Research Center” recently identified the 100 “Top Dry Eye Hot Spots,” ranking them by environmental conditions that will most likely aggravate dry eyes. Phoenix ranked 8th. Number 1 on the list? Las Vegas.
- For patients with glaucoma, or who may be susceptible to high eye pressure, drinking large amounts of water quickly (e.g., 1 liter in 15 minutes, such as after exercising), can raise eye pressure by more almost 60%.
- There are now contact lenses that can block harmful Ultraviolet Radiation at a level equivalent to sunglasses.
- Damage to the glands in the eyelids that help produce tears can occur with as little as 3-4 hours of computer use per day.
- Some of the preservatives used in Over-The-Counter (OTC) drops for dry eyes can irritate the surface of the eyes and actually worsen symptoms.
- A national survey by the Contact Lens Council showed that 83% of people would be interested in trying contact lenses if they would satisfy a particular need. However, participants were unaware of some of the advancements in contact lenses, such as:
- New materials that provide more oxygen to the eye with less dryness and better comfort (69% were unaware)
- Lenses with Ultraviolet protection (55% were unaware)
- Bifocal contact lenses (40% were unaware)
- Contact lenses for astigmatism (23% were unaware)
- The “InfantSee” Program is designed to help with early diagnosis of the approximately 100,000 children born each year who are at risk for serious eye and vision problems such as “strabismus (eye turn)” at 4% of the population, or “amblyopia (lazy eye)” at 3% of the population.
- Former President Carter got involved in the “InfantSee Program” after two of his grandchildren were diagnosed with a “lazy eye,” one of whom went undiagnosed until well into grade school.
- Up to 50% of infants have significant “astigmatism” which will then tend to decline and stabilize by age 5.
- Most Caucasian babies are born with bluish eyes because the pigment that determines eye color is thinly scattered for up to several months before the permanent eye color is achieved.
- The American Public Health Association recommends eye exams at the ages of 6 months, 2 years, and again at 4 years of age.