Common Medications can Increase Vulnerability to UV Damage to the Eyes

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Since many medications can make your skin more sensitive to sunburn, they often come with a caution to use sunscreen. But, did you know that several common medications can increase your eye’s vulnerability to UV damage? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), one-third of all adults in the U.S. are using medications that canRead more…

Babies and Sunscreen: What Parents Need to Know About Protecting a Little One’s Delicate Skin

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When children are very young, their skin is less developed and therefore less resistant to sun exposure than adult skin. For instance, babies’ skin is much thinner and has a thinner stratum corneum, the outermost layer of dead skin. It also contains less melanin, the pigment that provides some protection from UV rays, and lacksRead more…

Heat Safety Tips – Keeping Kids Safe as the Weather Warms Up

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Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related illnesses and deaths in the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. Children are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses, especially since they aren’t aware of how much heat can affect them. Before the dog days of summer arrive, take some time to review some of the ways you canRead more…

Staying Fit as a Family

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Most people know that physical exercise can benefit the heart and the waistline, but did you know that staying fit is also essential for maintaining healthy eyes? People who participate in moderate exercise on a regular basis are 25 percent less likely to develop glaucoma and those who exercise at least three times a weekRead more…

Spotting the Signs of Color Blindness

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A recent study performed by the Multi-Ethnic Eye Disease Study Group found that 5.6 percent of Caucasian boys are color blind – the highest of any ethnicity. While the prevalence of color blindness in girls in all groups tested fell between 0 and 0.5 percent, one in 20 Caucasian male children ended up testing color blind —Read more…