Posts Tagged ‘ophthalmologist’

Testing Vision-related Symptoms of Athletic Concussions

football concussionsAthletic concussions have been at  the forefront of medical research for the last couple of years. The NFL has been the main culprit in the social spotlight as its athletes have become bigger, faster, stronger, and the hits have become more violent. More importantly than the violence has been the medical treatment given to players immediately after a big hit, but the answer might be on the horizon.

Recently, neurologists and ophthalmologists at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that a children’s reading test designed by Dr. Alan King and his colleague 35 years ago has the potential to become the next, big thing in concussion testing.

The King-Devick Test, which takes less than two minutes, requires a person to read single-digit numbers in a four-page flipbook while being timed.

University of Pennsylvania researchers found in a study of 39 boxers and mixed martial arts fighters, the times of those who experienced head trauma were significantly worse than those who were not struck in the head. According to the study, fighters who lost consciousness were 18 seconds slower on the test after their bouts.

King believes the test can be used in any sport where head injuries are prevalent, notably football and hockey.

He sees trainers, coaches and physicians being able to use the test on the sidelines during games to determine whether a possibly concussed athlete can continue playing. Researchers are viewing the King-Devick Test as a major step forward in helping diagnose concussions in a timely manner.

For more information on vision related symptoms of concussions, please contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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Do You Wonder If Your Optometrist Can Write A Prescription?

optometry equipmentIn an article released earlier this month, Optometrists in Ottawa, Canada have been given permission to prescribe medicine to their patients to treat a select few diseases and infections.  This will eliminate the necessity of patients to have to see a doctor to receive medicine to treat routine eye infections.

The Canadian province legalized this practice due to the lack of Ophthalmologists in the area. Ophthalmologists are doctors specialized in eye care while Optometrists are regulated health professionals trained to diagnose and treat eye disorders.

The Canadian government also believes that by giving optometrists this opportunity to prescribe medicine they will be able to prevent vision loss due to treatment earlier than previous standards.

For more information on regulations in the United States and your options for treatment, contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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Eye Injury 911: Look sharp to prevent eye injuries

eye injury2.4 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year, according to Prevent Blindness America.  And as the weather warms up, more of us will be headed outside for yard work, sports and recreation.  Have fun, but keep these safety tips in mind to help avoid eye injuries.

If you suffer any eye injury, call 911 or contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately for advice. Most eye doctors have emergency contact numbers for injuries that occur after normal business hours or on weekends.

Most eye injuries that occur outdoors could be prevented with simple precautions, including wearing safety glasses, sports eyewear or protective goggles.  At home, household cleaners and chemicals are common causes of eye injuries.

Be especially cautious when engaging with the following items and activities, known for causing eye injuries:

  • Eyelash curlers, mascara brushes and other cosmetic applicators
  • Fingernails (such as when applying and removing contact lenses)
  • Lawn, garden and hand tools (mowers, etc.)
  • Air-blown and wind-blown particles
  • Bungee cords
  • Falls, bumping into walls, etc.
  • Champagne corks
  • Battery acid
  • Toys and games with hard or sharp edges
  • Blunt trauma (caused from collision with another player’s body or finger)
  • A ball or puck
  • A stick, bat or racquet
  • Wind-blown and airborne particles (sand, dirt)
  • Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight
  • Paintballs
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pointers (looking directly at the beam can damage the retina)

Avoid distractions when doing anything that could potentially harm your eyes. Resist the temptation to “multi-task” when working with tools or other objects near your eyes.

And check out the wide selection of durable, lightweight sports eyewear from Nike, Bollé and more at Gordy EyeCare.  You’ll be safe and sporty.

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