Fay in Jacksonville: Eye Safety in Hurricanes

We were pelted with strong winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms this last week and weekend. Even though it was Wednesday and Thursday that were initially on advisory and then relaxed, we were surprised by the return of this storm with an added vengeance on Friday. We commend our Lasik patients who had their scheduled Laser Vision Surgery on Thursday and braved the surprise storm next day Friday to show up for their one day postoperative visit. They smiled with their new vision as they expressed their concern over the rest of the day. Hurricanes can cause eye damage and Dr.Gulani has in a previous News Interview classified the modes of eye injury in a hurricane or similar natural calamity:

1. Direct Injury from the storm wind

2. Indirect injury from material carried in the storm wind that can act as high velocity missiles.

You may click on the link below to read one more interview of Dr. Gulani where he outlines injuries to the eye and their prevention
2002June15Ophth-Sports2pgs.pdf

One must follow the advise of the local authorities and additionally wear protective goggles if possible. Wash your eye if material gets into it as that can itself be harmful directly (ie. acids etc) as well as indirectly causing infections. Do remember among other things to carry your important eye drops of long term conditions like glaucoma etc. in the event that you have to evacuate. Do see your eye doctor immediately if you feel that you have injured your eye or if you feel as if something got into your eye. Below is a link from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for your perusal http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/index.cfm It is the Hurrican season in Florida so do be cautious and do protect your vision.

23. August 2009 16:30 by Gulani | Comments (0) | Permalink

Back to School: Eye Health & Vision

Most parents like us all have our child’s back-to-school list? Notebooks? Pens? Pencils? Maybe a backpack? Computer? But how about an eye examination? Besides a general health and medical exam, actually an eye exam should be a priority. That’s because vision and ability to see could very well be a direct reason for poor performance or lack of interest in studies and school activities. Children as young as 5 yrs of age can have their exam , then unless there is a noted change in vision or deterioration, annual exams from ages 6 to 19. The exam is detailed yet painless. It allows not only a measure of the child's vsion and eye health but also vision development. Besides history and medical condition questions, it involves vision testing at near and far distances, eye coordination and eye muscle function to ensure the eyes are working in sync with one another, the ability to change focus easily from near to far and vice versa, depth perception and eye-hand-foot coordination. Special emphasis should also prevail to look for lazy eye, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, crossed-eyes and color vision deficiencies and recommend any appropriate treatment such as glasses or vision therapy, which the child needs I see so many Lasik candidates who present with lazy eyes which could have been prevented by early detection in childhood. I wish to reiterate the need for eye checks and health evaluations and their direct impact on performance in school as well as protection and care as parents and children gear up for Back to School week. Please see your eye doctor and do utilize the school vision screenings when available.
24. August 2008 16:31 by Gulani | Comments (0) | Permalink