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Protect Your Eyes

POSTED ON April 25th, 2016  - POSTED IN Eye Safety

An unprotected eye is an invitation for an injury to occur, especially while playing sports. But there are so many ways in which we can protect our eyes.

Here are some precautions that should be taken, when playing sports, to prevent eye injuries from happening.

Baseball: Players should wear a faceguard made of a sturdy plastic or polycarbonate material along with eye goggles or eye guards.

Basketball: Players should wear eye goggles at all times in the event of an errant elbow, a stray poke from another player’s finger, or an errantly thrown basketball.

Soccer & football: Like other contact sports, an errant elbow, ball, foot, or finger can cause serious damage to the unprotected eye. Players should always wear sports eye guards and, in football, a full faceguard.

Hockey: Players should wear full polycarbonate material or a wire mask to prevent eye injuries and possible facial injuries.

Tennis or racquetball:  To protect your eyes from a ball, or your opponent’s racquet, protective eye goggles should be worn at all times while playing this sport.

Most Common Sports Eye Injuries

POSTED ON April 18th, 2016  - POSTED IN Eye Safety

The most common types of eye injuries that can result from sports injuries are blunt injuries, corneal abrasions and penetrating injuries

Blunt injuries occur when the eye is suddenly compressed by the impact from an object. Blunt injuries, often caused by tennis balls, racquets, fists or elbows, can sometimes cause a black eye or hyphema (bleeding in front of the eye). More serious blunt injuries often break bones near the eye, and may sometimes seriously damage important eye structures and/or lead to vision loss.

Corneal abrasions are painful scrapes on the outside of the eye, or the cornea. Most corneal abrasions eventually heal on their own, but a doctor can best assess the extent of the abrasion, and may prescribe medication to help control the pain. The most common cause of a sports-related corneal abrasion is being poked in the eye by a finger.

Penetrating injuries are caused by a foreign object piercing the eye. Penetrating injuries are very serious, and often result in severe damage to the eye. These injuries often occur when eyeglasses break while they are being worn. Penetrating injuries must be treated quickly in order to preserve vision

Signs or Symptoms of an eye Injury:

● Pain when looking up and down, or difficulty seeing ● Tenderness
● Sunken eye ● Double vision ● Severe eyelid and facial swelling ●Difficulty tracking ●The eye has an unusual pupil size or shape
● Blood in the clear part of the eye ● Numbness of the upper cheek and gum ● Severe redness around the white part of the eye

Sports Related Eye Injuries – Can Be Prevented

POSTED ON April 13th, 2016  - POSTED IN Eye Safety

Ouch! It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt!

Do You Know, that more than 25,000 people are treated for sports-related injuries each year, but there is good news: 90% of those injuries can be prevented!

Here are some tips to increase your injury Eye-Q:


    • Always wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order insure that your eyes are protected, it’s important that any eye-guard or sports protective eyewear be labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.


    • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields while playing baseball.


    • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.


    • Know that regular glasses don’t provide enough protection.


Know your Eye-Q, not just this month, but all year long, and take care of your eyes and your eye-health.

After Cataract Surgery – Jim’s Interview [HD]

POSTED ON April 11th, 2016  - POSTED IN Cataract

In this interview Jim explains why he chose to treat his Cataract at the Rand Eye Institute. Watch as he discusses his struggles with vision and not being able to see clearly.  The options available and what finally made him take the initiative to treat his Cataract to improve his vision.


“I was so glad to have this done, Don’t Wait.”

- Former Fire Chief, J. Mathie.

Simple Tips to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries

POSTED ON April 6th, 2016  - POSTED IN Eye Safety

Its all fun and games until someone gets hurt!

More than 25,000 people are treated for sport-related injuries each year. But there is good news; 90% of these injuries can be prevented!
Sports Related Eye Injuries

Here are some simple tips to prevent eye injuries:

  • Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order to be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.
  • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields while playing baseball.
  • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.
  • When bike riding wear a helmet and safety glasses, with polycarbonate lenses and UV protection, to shield your eyes from damaging sunlight and debris.
  • Know that regular glasses don’t provide enough protection.

Always wear the recommended safety equipment, for the sporting activity you will engage in.



Computer Vision Syndrome

POSTED ON March 31st, 2016  - POSTED IN Eye Conditions, Eye Safety

As more of today’s workforce use computer monitors in the office, more often, workers are experiencing a new type of eye fatigue known as:

Computer Vision Syndrome

While there is no evidence that Computer Vision Syndrome causes any long-term damage to the eyes, regular computer use can be the source of significant eyestrain and discomfort.
If you have Computer Vision Syndrome, you may be experiencing some or all of these symptoms:

Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Dry, red eyes
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Neck or back pain


Untreated, these symptoms can have a real effect on your work performance.

There is a way to relieve Computer Vision Syndrome just by making a few simple changes in your work environment.

Cut the glare

Changing the lighting surrounding your environment can reduce glare on your screen. Consider adding a movable shade to a nearby window. Lower the shade and move the monitor to the side slightly until the glare disappears. You might ask your employer to install a dimmer switch to the overhead lights, or add a desk lamp with a movable shade that distributes light evenly over your workspace. Adding a glare filter over your monitor screen can also help protect your eyes.

Rearrange your workspace

Research shows that the optimal position for your computer monitor is slightly below eye level, or about 20 to 28 inches away from the face. At this position, you should not have to stretch your neck or strain your eyes to see what’s on the screen. Use a copy stand to place any printed materials you may be working from on it so you don’t have to look up and down at the desk while you type.

Give your eyes a break 

Look away from the screen every 20 minutes or so, gaze out the window or scan the room for about 20 seconds to rest your eyes to give them a chance to refocus and rest. Blink often to keep your eyes moist. If your eyes are dry, try using sterile lubricating eye drops.

Tweak your computer settings 

Try adjusting the brightness, contrast and font size until you find the best settings for your vision. Most writing software programs have a percentage adjustment tab, commonly found at the very top center of your document that allows you to increase the font appearance temporarily and restore it when the document is complete.


Visit your eye doctor regularly for an exam, or schedule a comprehensive eye exam at The Rand Eye Institute. Let the doctor know about eyestrain or any other problems you might be experiencing at work. Call 800-782-1711

Eye Injury Serious Problem Prevention

POSTED ON March 30th, 2016  - POSTED IN Eye Safety

As many precautions as we take, eye injury accidents do happen.

If you do injure your eye, it is important to know what to do in order to prevent any serious problems from happening.
 Eye Injury Serious Problem Prevention

If you get something in your eye:

  • Don’t rub the affected eye. Flush the eye with lots of water and see a doctor if the speck doesn’t wash out, or if pain or redness continues.

Cuts, Punctures, and Foreign Objects in the Eye

  • Unlike specks of dust or metal, be sure not to wash out the affected eye. Do not try to remove a foreign object stuck in the eye. Seek immediate medical attention.

Chemical Burns

  • Immediately wash the eye with water. Open the eye as wide as possible and continue flushing for at least 15 minutes, even on your way to seeking medical care.

Blows to the Eye

  • Apply a cold compress without pressure, or tape crushed ice in a plastic bag to the forehead and allow it to rest gently on the injured eye. Seek immediate medical attention if pain continues, if you have reduced vision, or if blood or discoloration appears in the eye.

This list serves as simple eye safety tips, to prevent further eye problems, and in no way replaces professional emergency medical attention.
You must seek emergency medical care for any and all serious eye injuries.


After Cataract Surgery – amazing results!

POSTED ON March 28th, 2016  - POSTED IN Cataract

Former Fire Dept. Chief J. Mathie talks about his post Cataract Surgery follow-up appointment. “I can’t believe the clarity”, says Mr. Mathie. If you’ve been on the side lines about getting Cataract surgery, don’t hesitate, there’s no better place than the Rand Eye Institute. (Video footage recorded with iPhone 6s in HD)

- Former Fire Chief, J. Mathie

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