Holy Sugar Batman!

Wilford Brimley has had the “Diabeetus” for over 20 years now, and he takes some simple steps in managing it. We’ve all seen his commercials…yes, he is the “diabeetus’ guy! Simple steps are all it takes when it comes to staying ahead of the disease, especially since it can have a serious effect on the eyes and your vision! So, Dr. Kash would like to offer some valuable information, as well as steps to early detection of diabetic eye disease, prevention, and management.

For starters, if you happen to be diabetic (and even if you’re not), routine eye exams are extremely important! Having a dilated eye exam at least once a year can help to detect certain eye diseases. Secondly, if you’re a smoker with diabetes, you may seriously want to consider ditching the habit for better overall health. Being sure to stay on top of your health can surely help to prevent certain vision complications from high blood sugar or at least prevent it from worsening. Four of the top diseases that can negatively affect one’s vision include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts.

Diabetic retinopathy in a nutshell is basically damaged blood vessels within the eye which can damage the retina thereby damaging you r vision. Diabetic macular edema usually tends to develop in eyes already affected by retinopathy and damages the macula which is the part of the retina which allows us to so such things as recognize faces and drive. If damaged, it can lead to sharp vision loss or worse, blindness. Glaucoma can cause damage to a bundle of nerves called the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain. Having diabetes increases the risk of developing this disease which can also lead to vision loss if left untreated in its early stages.  And finally, diabetics are also at an increased risk of developing cataracts which clouds the lenses of our eyes leading to sharp vision loss.

So you see, Dr. Kash wants to make sure you keep you baby blues healthy which means being sure to manage the “diabeetus”! This means eating healthy, watching cholesterol and blood pressure, getting your A1c checked, as well as regular eye exams to keep your vision in tip top shape!

 

Eye Makeup Safety 101

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to…Oh…sorry, Dr. Kash is just a little excited for Halloween. The costume is all ready and you can’t forget a great makeup job to really look ghoulish! Dr. Kash already went over contact lens safety, but he also wants to make sure we’re careful with makeup. And this doesn’t just apply to Halloween, but everyday use as well!

So maybe besides the creepy contacts one may be looking to use for this year’s costume, eye makeup is next on the list. Of course eye makeup plays a big role in the daily routine of women around the world, so taking extra caution when using eyeliner, more specifically water based ones, as well as mascara and fake eyelashes, is a good idea. The reason being, these can carry a buildup up bacteria that can get into the eyes.

Not to mention, taking extra caution not to accidentally poke  yourself in the eye, especially when we’re running late in the morning because we spilled our morning coffee, so we cried and now the  makeup we have on is running and needs touched up so we don’t truly look like a zombie or rabid raccoon! Know what I mean?! Ok, so back on track, an accidental poke can scratch the cornea and that is no bueno! So what can we do stay safe to stay safe without totally giving up eye makeup?

  • Well, for starters, making sure to check expiration dates is ideal because old makeup has a greater chance of carrying bacteria.
  • Secondly, be sure to use clean brushed when applying makeup.
  • Although sharing may be caring in other instances in life, makeup is not one of those. So maybe don’t!
  • Just be cautious with any pointy, bristled, sharp objects around your eyes, always!

So, have fun this Halloween (and every other day) but remember to stay safe!

 

 

 

 

Dude, Where’s My Lens?!

It’s the time when ghouls and goblins, witches and vampires will soon be invading the streets! Ahhh! Ok, so not really, maybe Dr. Kash is being a bit dramatic, but it is October which means Halloween is approaching! Of course there will be parties, parades, and trick or treating to be had and that means dress up! With costumes and makeup, often times different colored contacts or spooky ones come in to play. Dr. Kash would like to share some contact lens safety advice not only for the Halloween season, but for everyday use as well.

Prevent Blindness.org has declared October as Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month. So there are some things to keep in mind when wearing contact lenses. First and foremost, because contact lenses are considered a medical device by the FDA, they are illegal to sell without a prescription. Something to keep in mind when playing dress up or for cosmetic reasons.  Also, purchasing contact lenses over the internet, in stores, or flea markets is probably not the safest thing to do. Always consult your eye doctor for your contact lens needs.  According to the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS) chair Thomas Quinn, O.D., …”it’s extremely important that consumers get an eye exam and only wear contact lenses, with or without vision correction, that are properly fitted and prescribed by an eye doctor.” Again, Dr. Kash can’t stress enough the importance of protecting our peepers!

So, here are some tips from the American Optometric Association when it comes to handling and wearing contact lenses:

  • Be sure to wash and dry your hands when handling your contacts to help minimize and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria or dirt from getting into your eyes.
  • Be sure to follow the recommend wear time by your eye doctor. This will reduce eye irritations and possibly eye damage.
  • Be sure to regularly replace your contact lens case and clean them as well.
  • Do not sleep in with your contact in. This increases chance for infections.
  • Only use fresh contact lens solution to clean your contacts.

So look good but be safe at the same time! Dr. Kash has your best interest in mind! Now, give me candy! Happy Halloween!

Think Safe!

So now we know how important it is to protect little Billy’s eyes so maybe one day he has a shot in Professional sports, but what to do in the event little Billy forgets his brand new sports goggles or protective eyewear? This week Dr. Kash has some first aid tips in the event of an eye injury.

First things first, should a child sustain any type of eye injury never just assume that it is harmless! A call to the doctor couldn’t do any harm, on the contrary, it can help tremendously. Dr. Kash has the following advice for first aid:

  • For any and all eye injuries, don’t rub or apply pressure to the eye.
  • In the event of a blow to the eye, you can apply a cold compress but try not applying pressure. Contact your doctor.
  • For cuts and punctures, do not wash the eye out. Shield the eye but do not apply pressure and contact your doctor immediately.

So when is an emergency trip to the E.R. the best thing to do? If any of the following things occur,Dr. Kash suggests going to emergency is best:

  • Loss of vision or any trouble seeing.
  • Severe eye pain or blood in the eye.
  • Nausea or vomiting right after an eye injury.

Again, Dr. Kash wants to stress the importance of protecting young eyes by using the appropriate sports safety eyewear!  The kiddos can’t enjoy their sports if they can’t see! Most eye injuries can certainly be prevented by taking the necessary measures to protect them! Stay safe!

Think Fast! (Part 2)

So, we’ve already established the fact that we want little Billy’s eyes and vision to be protected so he may have a future in Pro sports, but next comes the task of finding the right protective eyewear! Ah, but you might say ‘well little Billy wears prescription glasses and he has sunglasses too…isn’t that enough?!’ Dr. Kash has the answer to that question and it is……a …..resounding no! Little Billy needs sports eyewear or goggles. Unless little Billy is playing a low impact sport such as fishing, track and field, tennis, or golf. Even still, better to be safe than sorry!

You see, sports eyewear or goggles are made with an impact resistant material known as polycarbonate. This material can help protect the eyes from fast moving objects. And while material is important, choosing the right frame is equally as important. Prescription lenses can be put in the majority of sports frames and the frames themselves are also made from a highly impact resistant material. Not to mention most of these frames come with a padding to protect the face and eyes from impact. Some protective sports eyewear can even be made to fit inside of a helmet if necessary.

When it comes to children, however, we need to, make sure to get the proper fit for the protective eyewear. Buying goggles bigger than necessary so a child can grow with them is a common mistake. Protective sports goggles should fit properly, not loosely, or on the flip side not too tightly.

So, Dr. Kash can’t stress enough the importance of protective eyewear, especially for the young eyes! Stay tuned because next week Dr. Kash has first aid tips in the event of an eye injury.

 

 

 

 

Think Fast!

 

So, the kiddos are back in school and we all know what that means…sports! Whether it’s football, baseball, soccer, etc. eye safety is of the utmost importance. I mean, little Billy can’t play if he can’t see cause little Johnny cranked that fast ball right to little Billy’s face and got him right in the eye! Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark! Dr. Kash wants to make sure little Billy, and kids like him, have the chance to make it the Major Leagues one day, with vision and eyeballs intact! So, in recognition of sports eye safety month, Dr. Kash has some tips and brings awareness in this three part series.

 

According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and account for nearly 100,000 doctor visits a year! The reality is that the majority of these injuries can be prevented by simply using the proper eye protection. Regular prescription glasses won’t do the trick. It is imperative to use the right safety glasses, goggles, shields, or guards designed for different sports. Different sports are categorized by risk factors for eye injury which vary from high to safe. A high risk sport would be one such as basketball or paintball whereas a safe sport would be gymnastics or track and field.

Stay tuned, because next week Dr. Kash has some guidelines for choosing/finding the right eye protection for the athlete!

Blue Monster Is Back!

It’s a tale of the return of the big, bad, blue monster who steals your sleep and creates zombie-like creatures! Ahhhh! Just kidding, well, kind of. Dr. Kash wants to make sure that after having had an eye exam, little eyes stay protected. With school beginning soon, the kiddos need those little peepers shielded from, you guessed it, blue light! With projects, and papers to write, or making plans with friends on social media on electronic devices, the little ones are bombarded with the blue stuff! But, no fear, Dr. Kash has the youngins covered!

Just to recap, blue light is emitted from almost every screen we find ourselves in front of on a daily basis, as well as from the sun. Since the little ones (and not so little ones) are headed back to school, it is probably a good idea to get them back in to a regular sleep pattern. Blue light, however can affect and disrupt our sleep patterns, especially since your teenager probably goes to bed with their phone, or the wee ones go to bed with a television on in their rooms. This is a big no, no! Blue light interferes with the production of melatonin in our bodies causing us to not feel so sleepy and therefore getting to sleep later. And let’s be honest, who needs more stress in the morning trying to get the kids up on time for school, getting them ready, and fighting morning traffic!? So to help protect against blue light and have the kiddos styling in their new glasses, Dr. Kash has a few suggestions.

First is the new Transitions Signature Style Colors. Not only do they look really cool and you get to choose new colors (sapphire, emerald, amber, & amethyst), but most importantly the eyes are protected at the same time! Transitions lenses can block up to 20% harmful blue light indoors and up to 85% outdoors. If a clear lens is preferred, not to worry because the Essential Blue Series lenses offers protection against harmful blue light, 3x more protection that is, compared to regular clear lenses.

So, let’s help to keep young eyes protected this school year (and all year round) so that they can have a better learning experience in class and protect those peepers!

National Eye Exam Month

Ah, the time of year many parents long for…back to school! While parents may be longing for a break and some much needed “me” time after a fun-filled, busy summer, hopefully they remember the importance of getting the kiddos their eye exams to ensure better learning through healthy vision! August is National Eye Exam Month, so for the kids, Dr. Kash wants to make sure everyone is well informed and prepared!

Different age groups have different vision needs. This is why it is so important to start eye exams early on! According to the National Institute of Health, roughly 35% of preschoolers have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Therefore, the American Optometric Association recommends comprehensive eye exams begin as early as 6 months of age. Luckily, Dr. Kash has a timeline to help out a bit.

So remember, eye exams are key for healthy vision which in turn brings about better learning! Stay tuned because Dr. Kash has ways to protect those little eyes & he wants to share the wealth!

 

National Eye Safety Month

Ooo…Bright Lights!

“Baby you’re a firework, Come on let your colors burst…” Oh, ahem, sorry…well, it’s that time of year again! Time spent with family, barbeques, being poolside getting your tan on, and of course fireworks! This Independence Day, Dr. Kash wants to make sure you practice eye safety! After all, July is National Eye Safety Month!

Did you know that roughly 90% of eye injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear?! Considering there are, on average, 2.4 million of these injuries a year, it’s very important to protect yourself. At least 10,500 of these injuries are fireworks related. Even if you’re not handling them personally, bystanders often are the ones suffering these injuries.

So, Dr, Kash has these following tips to keep protected this July:

  • For starters, follow the law of your state! If fireworks aren’t permitted for consumer or home use, then leave it to the professionals.
  • Where home use of fireworks is permitted, be sure to wear eye protection. This includes bystanders, and especially children.
  • When attending a professional fireworks display, be sure to respect any and all barriers set.
  • Keep the kids safe and don’t allow them to use or handle fireworks.

Lastly, Dr. Kash can’t stress enough the importance of protecting our eyes from that big, flaming ball of Vitamin D and ultraviolet rays, a.k.a, the sun! So keep safe this 4th of July, and all summer long, by protecting those eyes!  And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!