This June, Glenn K. Davis, II, MD Explores Cataracts and Fireworks
For Cataract Awareness Month and Fireworks Eye Safety, Glenn K. Davis, II, MD offers a doubly devoted message. In other words, both topics have an impact on eye health. This June the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, discuss cataract awareness and fireworks safety.
Cataract Awareness Month Begins With You
The lens of the eye becomes cloudy when a cataract occurs. Patients describe it as trying to look through a smeary, foggy, or dusty window. This blurry effect may be what causes you to schedule a visit with the ophthalmologist. Most importantly, the cataract is a change in the eye that does not clear up on its own. Beyond blurry vision, some patients may see double, or become very sensitive to light.
Formation of cataracts generally occurs in patients between the ages of 40 and 60. This is a prime time of life when physical changes in the body can affect proteins in the eye lens. These changes can begin gradually and can build over time. Having a close relative who has cataracts, smoking, and prior eye injury also add to your cataract risk.
Treatment for Cataracts May Vary
Be sure to relay all your symptoms to Dr. Davis. He has many tools at his disposal to check patents for cataracts, beginning with dilation. Using drops enables Dr. Davis to examine deep into the eye structure.
With advancements in treatment, it is not always necessary to remove the cataract with surgery. Simply getting newer glasses with a new prescription can ease some of the frustration. In some cases cataract surgery is the treatment of choice in replacing the problem lens. Discuss the options available with Dr. Davis to develop the best plan of action for your eyes.
Follow a Fireworks Eye Safety Checklist
As we approach Independence Day and the height of summer fun, Dr. Davis reminds fireworks enthusiasts about fireworks eye safety. The AAO shares these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks. Sparklers – a firework often considered by many to be the ideal “safe” device for the young – burn at extremely high temperatures.
- Young children should not handle them. Children may not understand the danger involved with fireworks so they may not act appropriately while using the devices or in emergencies.
- Permit older children to use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
- Of course, do not allow any running or horseplay.
- Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, grass, and other flammable materials.
Fireworks Eye Safety Tips Continue…
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning or “dud” fireworks. Soak them with water, and throw them away.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Check instructions for special storage directions.
- Observe local laws accordingly.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
- In conclusion, do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
Practice Eye Safety for Cataract Awareness Month and Beyond
With a healthy dose of common sense, we all can enjoy the holiday fireworks spectacle safely. Be sure to keep yourself, family, and friends eye-safe this holiday. Celebrate with fireworks eye safety in mind and do what you can to spread awareness about cataracts.
For excellence in eye care, schedule your appointment with Glenn K. Davis, II, MD, today. Call our offices in Pulaski, (540) 980-1965, or Galax, (276) 236-8307. Stay in touch by liking us on Facebook for updates on Cataract Awareness Month and Fireworks Eye Safety.