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Aspirin use linked to rare eye disease

People who routinely take aspirin -- as many older adults do, to lower heart risks -- may face a slightly increased risk of a rare but potentially blinding condition called neovascular macular degeneration, new research shows. The risk of developing the condition is about 1 in 200 among all older adults but was about 1 in 100 among aspirin users in the study. Still, the heart benefits of aspirin use will outweigh the eye risks for many people, researchers say. (New York Times)


Signs your baby may have vision problems

You may be able to tell your baby has vision problems by the time he or she is three months old.

Dr. Paul Rychwalski is a pediatric ophthalmologist at Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute.

He says parents can identify problems early on by looking into their baby's eyes.

"Tracking is probably the most important thing," Dr. Rychwalski said. "A normal full-term child will start to fixate on objects and track those objects side to side as early as two to three months of age."

Parents can also find signs by looking at baby photos.

If you see anything white in the pupils in the pictures, it could be a sign of a vision problem developing.

He also suggests paying close attention to the appearance of your baby's eyes.

"Drifting of the eyes is common in early childhood and in early infancy, but a persistent crossing of the eye or drifting of the eye is also a sign," Dr. Rychwalski said.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your baby, make an appointment with your child's pediatrician.

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Medical Eye Myths

Health-related errors also stem from misapprehensions about health and disease, many of which are readily obtainable from the Internet.  A sampling related just to eyes:


Halloween Eye Safety

Editor’s Note: It’s fun for kids to put on scary costumes for trick-or-treat and Halloween parties, but you don’t want them to end up with something truly frightening – permanent damage to their eyesight. Here are some tips from pediatric ophthalmologist Kristina Tarczy-Hornoch, M.D.,of The Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, to help you keep your kids’ eyes safe.


Contact Lens Solutions

Using the right contact lens solution is paramount in contact lens comfort. Using the wrong solution can cause contact lens discomfort and dryness or worse, an eye infection. Knowing which solution is right for you is the hard part.

There are two different types of contact lenses, hard/gas-permeable or soft. Gas-permeable contact lenses are rigid and are made of a silicone mix, soft lenses are a hydrophilic (loves water) plastic, the newest generation of soft disposable contact lenses are silicone based just as the gas-permeable lenses are. Silicone is a very oxygen permeable material and has been the more common soft lens material for the past several years.

Soft lens solutions: Nowadays there a basically two types of disinfecting solution, multi-purpose and hydrogen peroxide based. When you go to the store to buy new solution you may see several shelves of multi-purpose solutions (generic and name brand). For silicone based soft disposable lenses I suggest a few multi-purpose solutions that have worked well. Optifree Pure Moist, AMO Revitalens and Bausch & Lomb Bio-True or hydrogen peroxide based CibaVision Clear Care. I do not suggest generic solutions because these are a copy of an older formulation that sometimes don't work well with silicone based soft lenses.

Gas-permeable lens solutions: The most important gas-permeable lens solution is the cleaner, if your lenses are not clean they are not comfortable. There is not a lot of choices in the gas-permeable solution market and when you go to the store sometimes they are on a lower shelf. For cleaner I suggest Boston Advance cleaner, the Advance cleaner is an abrasive cleaner but less abrasive than the Boston Original cleaner. If used properly, meaning used every day and when the contact lenses are removed (not in the morning) most people don not have lipid protein build-up on their lenses after several months that have to be polished off. A quick note, Boston was bought by Bausch & Lomb several years ago and Bausch & Lomb has their own brand of cleaner which is the same as Boston.For gas-permeable wetting/soaking solutions, again Boston Advance or Original (or Bausch & Lomb), in my opinion they are very similar.

A couple of lesser known solutions that I suggest for gas-permeable lenses are Optimum by Lobob and Progent by Menicon. Optimum is a combination cleaner and soaking solution, it is not an abrasive cleaner like Boston Advance cleaner. Progent is a gas-permeable lens solution made by Menicon, it has been available to consumers for many years in Canada but only available to eye practitioners in the U.S. It is for monthly use and is a combination of two chemicals that are combined just before using it removes even the heaviest protein build-up on lenses. It is only available to purchase online via Menicon with a doctor's PIN that you can get from your eye doctor.

Most importantly, consult with your eye doctor before changing contact lens solutions to be sure they will work well with your brand and also make sure to read the instructions that accompany your solution.


Soft Contact Lens Care Tips

Always wash your hands before inserting or removing contact lenses. Use a non-moisturizing hand soap.

Clean your storage case daily, rinse out your storage case with warm to hot water (including the lids) after you insert your lenses. Even with good care, you should replace your storage case every three (3) months. Most eye infections come from a dirty/old storage case.

Always close the top of the solution bottle after using and don't touch the tip of the bottle to anything.

Do not transfer solutions from one bottle to another.

Do not sleep with your lenses, unless you have been told otherwise.

Do not rinse soft lenses with tap water.

Use lubricating/re-wetting drops before you remove soft lenses. This helps prevent tearing of the lens. Soft lenses are very strong when they are wet but very brittle when they are dry.

When you are ready to remove your lenses, open the right or left side of the case first. Get into the habit of inserting your right lens first and removing your right lens first (or visa-versa). This helps you from switching your lenses.

Do not swim or use a hot tub with your soft lenses on, especially in a lake, river or the ocean. Soft lenses are roughly 50% water (or more) and they will absorb anything that it comes into contact with it, good or bad. If you swim in a pool, make sure that you wear goggles to keep the lens from washing out. Do not wear your lenses in a hot tub or sauna.

Upon lens removal, rub the lens between your fingertips or on your palm with the prescribed solution. Place the lens in the case and fill it up with solution. Before screwing on the lid, make sure the lens is covered with solution and away from the edges, make sure you don't over fill the storage case with solution.

Always remove your contact lenses and call your eye doctor if:


Healthy Eye Tips

Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.


Kerasoft IC Soft Lenses

KeraSoft IC lenses are designed to fit irregular corneas, including keratoconus, post laser refractive surgery, pellucid marginal degeneration, and other corneal irregularities. Each KeraSoft IC lens is custom-made for your exact needs, and KeraSoft IC lenses can offer increased wear time and improved comfort. KeraSoft IC lenses are a patented combination of the latest technologies in silicone hydrogel materials using geometries from complex mathematics to offer comfortable wear and excellent vision.

We at the University Vision Clinic always use the latest technology contact lenses for keratoconus and other irregular corneas. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment to see if the KeraSoft IC soft lens is right for you.


UW GAIP insurance begins on October 1, 2012

The Graduate Apointee Insurance Plan starts over again starting October 1, 2012.


UW SHIP insurance starts on 9/20/2012

The UW Student Health Insurance Plan through Lifewise starts a new year starting on Thursday September 20,2012. That means you are eligible for a routine eye exam and harware benefits for the school year as of today.


UW GAIP and SHIP Insurance

If you have the GAIP, SHIP or SHIP PLUS insurance through Lifewise please confirm with Lifewise that this insurance is your only vision insurance. Call 1-800-971-1491 and speak to a Lifewise representative to verify that they know that that is your only coverage.



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