High Blood Pressure, Eye Health and Overall Health: Let’s See the Connection to a Healthier Life

By pba-sjs-webmaster on May 31st In In the News
Helene D. Clayton-Jeter, OD

–A Guest Column by Helene D. Clayton-Jeter, OD– Cardiovascular disease has a significant public health impact. Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. About one in three U.S. adults (29%) has high blood pressure. Only about half (54%) of these people have […]

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HIV and Your Eyes

By pba-sjs-webmaster on March 1st In Uncategorized

–A Guest Column by Sherrol A. Reynolds OD, FAAO– Over 35 years have passed since the first diagnosis of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States. Despite a decrease in the number of HIV infections since the height of the epidemic in the mid-1980s, HIV continues to be a serious health problem. Approximately 36.7 […]

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Diabetes and Vision

By pba-sjs-webmaster on July 18th In Uncategorized
Dr. Emily Chew

—a guest column by Emily Y. Chew, MD — People with diabetes have a powerful reason to take care of their eyes. Of the 29 million people in the U.S. with type 1 and type 2 diabetes – about one in 10 people — all are at risk for diabetic eye disease, a leading cause […]

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What You Should Know About Dry Eye

By pba-sjs-webmaster on January 21st In Uncategorized

—a guest column by Afshan Nanji, M.D., M.P.H.– Dry eye is a source of discomfort for millions of Americans and a frequent cause of patient visits to an eye care provider. Although it is seen most commonly among women and older patients, it can occur in anyone. Dry eye causes symptoms such as irritation, redness, […]

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Good Hygiene Helps Keep Eyes Beautiful When Using Cosmetics

By pba-sjs-webmaster on August 4th In Uncategorized
Katherine M Mastrota, M.S., O.D., F.A.A.O.

–A Guest Column by Katherine M Mastrota, M.S., O.D., F.A.A.O.– The eyelid is remarkable but often neglected part of our eye health. Most of us perform the daily routine of personal cleaning and grooming (hair/body/face) but pay little attention to the eyelids and eyelashes. The eyelid houses important glands that produce the oil necessary for […]

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Celebrate Independence Day Safely

By pba-sjs-webmaster on July 2nd In Uncategorized
safe summer celebrations

Every year, injuries from consumer fireworks send thousands to the emergency room.  In fact, Injuries from fireworks accounted for 11,400 visits to emergency rooms in 2013, according to the latest data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).   And, eight non-occupational fireworks-related deaths occurred in that same year as well. According to the report, […]

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Summer is Coming – What Women Need to Know about Protecting their Eyes

By pba-sjs-webmaster on May 29th In Uncategorized
Diana Canto Sims, O.D.

 – a guest column by Diana Canto Sims, O.D. –  Many of us look forward to enjoying the summer sun. Whether it be lounging on the beach or attending a great sports event, we love the summer season and the warm rays summer brings us. It is important however to remind ourselves that we need to […]

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Smoking and AMD – Tips from a Former Smoker

By pba-sjs-webmaster on April 13th In Uncategorized
Tips from a Former Smoker

What’s it like to lose your eyesight? For Marlene, it was seeing cloudy spots on roadside billboards. TV looked blurry, and she had no way to sharpen the focus. In the kitchen, she mistook her finger for a carrot on the cutting board. Marlene noticed these frightening changes to her sight at age 56, after […]

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Living with High Intraocular Pressure (IOP)

By pba-sjs-webmaster on January 20th In Uncategorized

–A Guest Column by Mildred M.G. Olivier, M.D.– One of the things the eye doctor checks when examining your eyes is your intraocular pressure (IOP). That is a measure of the pressure inside your eyeball. Eyeballs aren’t empty. Your body makes various fluids and gels that keep your eyes nourished and maintain their shape. Unfortunately, […]

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

By pba-sjs-webmaster on July 23rd In Uncategorized
Sheila West

—A Guest Column by Sheila West, PhD— “Smoke gets in your eyes” is more than a catchy song, it is a real problem. According to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, smoking is a cause of two of the most significant eye diseases in the world. One of these diseases, Cataract, […]

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