Leading Cause of Blindness Diabetes Is Growing

ST. LOUIS, Oct., 2016  — The leading cause of blindness, diabetes, is steadily growing and is expected to affect one in 10 people worldwide by 2040, the International Diabetes Federation predicts. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more than half do […]

November Is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness Study Estimates More than 8 Million Americans have Diabetic Retinopathy, Numbers Expected to Increase Significantly  Prevent Blindness Provides Free Educational Materials as Part of November’s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month- CHICAGO (Oct, 2016) – Today, more than 8 million Americans have diabetic retinopathy, with that number expected to jump in the coming years, according to […]

19% of All Firework Injuries Are To the Eyes

CHICAGO (June, 2016) – According to the latest data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 7,000 Americans spent part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room in 2014 due to fireworks injuries.  And, 19 percent of those injuries were to the eyes. Burns were the most common injury […]

“Red Eye” Effect in Photos Can Indicate Eye Diseases

Seeing red? That’s a good thing! Though many individuals groan upon seeing their eyes shining red in a photo (“I look like a demon!”), they should be happy to note that their eyes are in good health. And if there is only the red eye effect in one eye but not that other? That can […]

April Is Sjogren Awareness Month

Sjogren’s syndrome is a form of autoimmune disease where your body defense mechanism (immune system) attacks the organs that produce moisture. The most common symptoms are dry eye and dry mouth. Sjogren’s syndrome related dry eyes are often severe, results in eye ulcers, corneal abrasion,  Some people with Sjögren’s syndrome also have other autoimmune disorders, […]

April Is Women’s Eye Health And Safety Month

CHICAGO (March, 2016) – Data from the Prevent Blindness study, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” found that women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.  Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety […]

Blepharitis And Eye Make Up: Do’s And Don’ts

Wearing make-up to enhance beauty dates back to ancient times.  Many of the eye make up consisted of  of toxic mixtures such as copper, belladonna, nitric acid, lead ore, mercury, bird droppings and even burnt matchsticks.   Cosmetics have come a long way since then, but without proper use, they can still greatly affect the […]