Serving those who have served: Key-Whitman tapped to expedite vision care for DFW veterans

Thursday, July 24 2014 - 0 comments

Serving those who have served: Key-Whitman tapped to expedite vision care for DFW veterans

Two weeks before the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital controversy dominated headlines, Key-Whitman Eye Center's Director of Patient Accounting Matt Chapman received a call from the Dallas VA Medical Center. "The Dallas VA was hoping to expedite eye care services for veterans located in the DFW Metroplex, and they wanted to know if we could help with their patient overflow. We immediately said yes," says Chapman. Changing veterans lives, one eye at a time Ralph Taylor, who served 7 years in the Navy during the 1960s, was one of the first veterans referred to Key-Whitman under the current...

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Warning signs of age-related eye conditions

Thursday, July 24 2014 - 0 comments

Warning signs of age-related eye conditions

Eye conditions can affect people of all ages, but as we age, our eyes may become more prone to eye conditions that could lead to serious vision loss or even blindness. The best way to protect your vision is to keep up with regular eye exams , but educating yourself on the warning signs of common eye conditions is also important in preventing permanent vision loss. If you experience any of the following signs, contact your eye doctor immediately. These may be symptoms of a serious, vision-threatening eye condition. 1. Sudden onset of floaters or flashes, or darkness in your field of vision. Spots...

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Importance of nutrition in Dry Eye Disease

Wednesday, July 16 2014 - 0 comments

Importance of nutrition in Dry Eye Disease

Nutrition is a key ingredient for healthy eyes. Vitamins and minerals found in many whole foods can help prevent a number of health conditions. In recent years, researchers have also made a connection between nutrition and dry eye disease . Dehydration can make dry eye symptoms worse, so staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can also help alleviate symptoms of dry eye syndrome. According to the Institute of Medicine, women need about 91 ounces of water per day to stay hydrated, while men need about 125 ounces per day. Fatty acids have been linked to lower incidence of dry eye disease or...

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Summer nutrition for healthy eyes

Tuesday, July 15 2014 - 0 comments

Summer nutrition for healthy eyes

Did you know that the foods you eat can help protect your eyes from many common eye conditions ? Nutrition plays an important role in preventing conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Summer foods that are good for your eyes include strawberries, tomatoes, avocados and peppers. These and many other fresh fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that will help protect your eyes from common eye conditions that can result in vision loss. Essential nutrients for your eyes Vitamin C : Helps to lower the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. Found in most fruits and vegetables...

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Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month: Treating Dry Eyes

Thursday, July 10 2014 - 0 comments

Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month: Treating Dry Eyes

July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness month. If you have been diagnosed with dry eyes or are experiencing the signs of dry eyes, you might be wondering how to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, is a common irritating, uncomfortable and even painful eye condition caused by a lack of tear production or poor quality of tears produced. Tears provide lubrication and nourishment for the eyes; without proper tears, you might experience itching, burning or scratchy sensation in the eyes to more serious symptoms such as blurred vision. Although dry eyes can be...

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Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month: Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Monday, July 07 2014 - 0 comments

Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month: Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Dry eye disease affects an estimated 40 million people in the U.S., but only a small fraction of those people have been diagnosed and are receiving treatment. July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month, dedicated to the education about dry eyes, risks of the condition and treatment options available. What is dry eye disease? Dry eye disease, or dry eyes, is a condition in which there is either insufficient tear production or the quality of tears produced is poor. Tears serve a number of purposes, including providing lubrication and nourishment to the eyes, protecting the cornea, helping to prevent...

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Fourth of July Events and Fireworks Safety Tips

Wednesday, July 02 2014 - 0 comments

Fourth of July Events and Fireworks Safety Tips

America’s birthday is just a couple days away! If you’re looking for a good place to celebrate, here is a handy rundown of four popular Fourth of July events in the Dallas area. Kaboom Town!, July 3 This year marks the 30 th anniversary of Kaboom Town! in Addison Circle Park, ranked one of the top five fireworks shows in the United States by The Wall Street Journal . The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with food, music, fly-bys from World Class Warbirds and family-friendly activities, and concludes with a 30-minute fireworks show choreographed to music. A live radio simulcast will play...

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How to protect your eyes from a soccer-related eye injury

Tuesday, July 01 2014 - 0 comments

How to protect your eyes from a soccer-related eye injury

The World Cup is in full swing—Go USA!—and eyes around the globe are fixed on the sport of soccer, or “football,” as the rest of the world calls it. But did you know that soccer is listed among the sports that cause the most eye injuries ? Other sports dangerous to the eyes include racquet sports, baseball, basketball and water sports. Because soccer is a “hands off” sport and players often use their heads to make contact with the ball, the eyes are subjected to the risk of serious sight-threatening injuries. Most soccer eye injuries occur due to a ball kicked...

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Tips to prevent eye injuries at home

Monday, June 30 2014 - 0 comments

Tips to prevent eye injuries at home

Eye injuries can cause serious damage to your vision and can even cause blindness. While you may not expect your home to be a dangerous place when it comes to your eyes and vision, according to medical statistics, nearly half of all eye injuries each year occur in and around the home. Whether cooking in your kitchen or doing yard work or using power tools in your workshop, there are a number of eye injury risks in your own home. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma both recommend that every household have at least one pair of protective eyewear that has...

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Protecting your eyes from UV damage

Tuesday, June 24 2014 - 0 comments

Protecting your eyes from UV damage

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation doesn’t just cause skin cancer—it can also cause serious damage to your eyes. UV rays, whether from natural sunlight or artificial sources like a tanning bed, can affect both surface tissues and internal structures of the eye like the cornea and lens. UV damage to the eyes Short-term excessive UV exposure can burn the surface of the eye, much like a sunburn. Long-term excessive UV exposure can cause a number of more serious eye conditions : • Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. While often associated with age, cataracts can also...

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