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Glaucoma Awareness

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on February 9, 2010

Glaucoma is often referred to as a “silent disease.” The reason for this is that glaucoma often has no symptoms until it has caused profound vision loss. The eye is, for the most part a hollow sphere filled with fluid. The fluid has a certain pressure to keep the eye full and in the appropriate…

December

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on December 28, 2009

With winter right around the corner, it is time to consider the importance of sun protection for the eyes which is as critical during the winter months as the summer months. During our snowy Michigan winter months, the Ultraviolet rays from the sun are just as intense as they are in the summer even on…

December

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on December 11, 2009

I’ve been writing about the American Academy of Ophthalmology monthly observances every month for a while. December is toy and celebration safety month. Not a real excitable topic. While the occasional stray champagne cork has been known to cause and eye injury or two on New Years Eve, general home safety is all it usually…

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on November 6, 2009

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month Diabetes is a disease that can affect just about every part of the human body.  Over time, diabetes can cause the blood vessesls in the body to stop functioning well.  The vessels may become leaky or may stop functioning all together.  When this occurs in the retina of…

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on November 6, 2009

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month Eye safety is, of course, important year round. However the American Academy of Ophthalmology has denoted October as eye injury prevention month. Injury prevention starts with safety precautions. Most of us remember our mothers telling us not to run with scissors, however, there are activities that we must perform…

August is cataract awareness month

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on August 18, 2009

Cataracts are the leading cause of correctible blindness in the world. As we age, the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. This loss of clarity usually is noticible in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Eventually, the lens becomes cloudy enough where people have trouble with driving at night, or even just watching television….

July is fireworks safety month

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on August 18, 2009

Even if the Fourth of July is past us on the calendar, fireworks are still a very common cause of eye injuries in the Summer months. From the smallest sparkler to the high velocity Roman candles, fireworks can cause damage to the eye from heat and impact. It is recommended that only adults handle fireworks,…

June is UV awareness month

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on June 8, 2009

With the sun shinning longer as mid-summer gets closer, we are all exposed to more UV radiation from sunlight.  UV radiation is invisible to the human eye, but can cause or accelerate many ocular conditions.  A heavy exposure such as with boating or snow skiing, can cause a ‘sunburn’ on the surface of the cornea….

May is ‘healthy eyes’ month

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on May 12, 2009

There are many ways to keep your eyes healthy.  Foremost, of course, is to have your eyes examined on a regular schedule.  We recommend children have their first eye exam at around age 5, and then every 2 years thereafter.  Patients over the age of 60, we recommend annual eye exams. There are more and…

Breast Cancer and Eye Health

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on May 11, 2009

You may wonder how eye health and breast cancer are related, they don’t seem like they’d go together. However, when tumors from elsewhere in body (metastatic tumors) have spread to the eye, the most common type of tumor found in women is breast cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common, which is also the…