Archive for June, 2013

Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals this Fourth of July


     Once a year, we gather up our friends and family, fire up the barbecue pit, and celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday with food, fun, and laughter. Many of us wait in anticipation for the sun to  go down and the fireworks to light up the sky. As this Fourth of July holiday approaches, it is important to enjoy the fireworks as a spectator and let the professionals handle the fireworks.

     “Fireworks often have  extreme temperatures and  it is very difficult to control their direction,” said Dr. Alan D. Sampson, ophthalmologist and CEO of Creekside Medical Plaza. “Serious eye injuries can occur when families decide to create their own firework  shows.”

     According to the Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), eye injuries are among the most common of the 9,000 firework injuries that occur every year. Some of the most serious eye injuries include corneal abrasions, traumatic cataracts, retinal detachments, optic nerve damage, and rupture of the eyeball. All of these have the potential to lead to blindness.

     The AAO advises the public that the best way to avoid potentially blinding injuries is to attend a professional public fireworks display instead of creating your own . If you do decide to handle fireworks, the AAO suggests the following tips to help reduce the potential for eye injury:

•    Never handle fireworks without protective eyewear and ensure that all bystanders are also wearing eye protection.
•    Never let young children play with fireworks of any type. If older children are permitted to handle fireworks, ensure they are closely supervised by an adult and wear protective eyewear.       
•    Clear the area of flammable materials and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
•    Leave the lighting of professional-grade fireworks to trained pyrotechnicians.


June 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Keep Your Eyes Healthy (& Beautiful) With These Makeup Safety Tips

     Many women use it every day and some even feel bare without it. Eye makeup has become part of the typical morning routine for women (and some men) throughout the country. While the quality of eye makeup has much improved over the years and more advanced research has been done to create the eye-beautifying products used today, it is still important to ensure that you are not putting your eyes at risk when you use makeup products.

            “Women must help preserve their eye health by ensuring that they don’t share eye makeup, that they throw out their old makeup, and that they use extreme caution when applying cosmetics to the eyes and eyelids,” said Dr. Alan D. Sampson, ophthalmologist and CEO of Creekside Medical Plaza in Lakeport, CA. “A careless or hurried eye makeup application can result in an emergency trip to the eye doctor with a painful infection or corneal abrasion.”


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            Improper makeup application, sharing tools, or using old products can contribute to infection, dermatitis, dry eyes, excessive tearing, inflammation, styes, and eye trauma.

            Many liquid or cream eye makeup products, such as mascara, eyeliner, and cream shadows, are repeatedly exposed to air and contaminants during normal use. This makes it very important to throw away these products at least every three months. It is also a good idea to make sure that you remove all eye makeup before going to bed at night to avoid infection and irritation.

            Make it a habit to never share makeup, especially eye makeup, with friends and family. Sharing makeup can lead to contamination and, ultimately, an eye infection. It is also important to make sure that any makeup that you sample in a department store or beauty store has been disinfected prior to application.

            Never use sharp objects to apply makeup or separate eyelashes and take precaution when using both heated or clamp-style eyelash curlers. Remember to wash your makeup tools frequently and rinse them well.

            These simple tips can help you avoid eye infections, injuries, and irritation while still allowing you to wear the makeup that you love. If you do experience any eye problems as a result of wearing makeup, contact your local ophthalmologist.



June 7, 2013 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

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