Amniotic Membranes to Treat Corneal Trauma and Disease

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Acid Burns, Alkali Burns, Amniotic membrane, Chemical Burn, Cornea, Eye Diseases, Eye Injuries, Homepage

Amniotic Membranes to Treat Corneal Trauma and Disease

Most people recognize the term amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus while in the womb during pregnancy. For over a hundred years, scientists have been aware of the healing properties existent within this fluid; however, it is only within the past few years that these healing properties have been made available to help treat ocular conditions in the form of sutureless amniotic membranes.

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Protect your Eyes: Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Chemical Burn, Eye Emergencies, Eye Injuries, Homepage, Uncategorized

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are around 25,000 eye injuries each year that require time away from work.  In addition to being painful, many eye injuries can result in permanent loss of vision.  Unfortunately, we see many patients each month in our office who have experienced eye injuries while at work or home.  Common eye injuries include chemical, thermal or UV burns, foreign bodies in the eye, and corneal abrasions.  Fortunately, 90% of eye injuries are preventable with proper eye protection.    It is important to recognize potential eye health hazards in the workplace and to be prepared with the proper eye protection.  Common eye health hazards include projectiles (such as particles from dust, wood, metal, glass, etc.), chemicals, radiation, and blood-borne pathogens.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of eye and face protection whenever there is a “reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented by such equipment”.  The type of protective eyewear required varies upon the task, the equipment being used, and the individual’s needs.   Remember to never remove your eye safety protection until you are well out of harm’s way.  Many injuries that we see occur when an individual has finished their task but is still near others who are working.  Any individual who is in the general vicinity may become a victim of an eye injury if not properly protected.         Prevent Blindness America provides programs for employers to train their employees on proper eye protection and help safeguard them from injuries.   For more information on this program as well as additional information on protecting your eyes in the workplace, click here http://www.preventblindness.org/eye-safety-work.   If you have experienced an eye injury at work or at home, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment (850)683-0221.  ...

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Eye Injuries in . . . the House

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Acid Burns, Alkali Burns, Blog, Chemical Burn, Children's Eye Emergencies, Children's Eye Injuries, Eye Care Professional, Eye Emergencies, Eye Emergency, Eye Injuries, Eye Injury, Eye Irritants, Featured, Homepage, October, October: Eye Injury Prevention Month

Quick – think of the safest place you know!!!! What did you come up with? If any of you thought your home, then you’re half right. Or something like that. Did you know, according to really smart people, that almost HALF OF ALL eye injuries happen at the home (this includes the house, the garage, work area and yard area)? And these smart people tell us that this is a growing trend. Out of all the places in the home, the garage is where most of the eye injuries occur. If any of you remember the great Tim Allen and his show ‘Home Improvement’, then you will remember that he was constantly getting himself injured. Hey you – Bob Villa wannabes – cover up your eyes when you’re doing stuff!!!! Let’s take a look at the various risks that we face in our home on a daily basis: Inside the Home Chemicals: Oven Cleaners, Bleach, Wasp Killer – all of these pose a serious risk to your eyes if you are not careful. Trust me, I have sprayed the foamy, pressurized Windex in my eyes because I was rushing to clean and wasn’t paying attention. Tools: Did you know that if you strike a nail just right that you can send up sparks? Oh yeah. And did you know that if your nail can become a projectile if it’s not completely in the object when you strike it? Cooking: Guess what? Hot grease HATES water. Be very careful when cooking with hot grease. One of the popular things to do around the holidays is the deep fried turkey. Unfortunately, this is also a popular way to burn your eyebrows off your face. Try explaining that one at the office Christmas party. Speaking of the holidays, make sure you point that champagne bottle away from the crowd on New Year’s Eve. Those corks get up to around Mach 3 when released. (ok – not Mach 3, but they go really, really fast). Make-Up: Eye liner, mascara, and yes – curling irons. I know some of you ladies are either in rush in the morning or still kind of sleepy when getting ready. Let’s be careful during the beautification process. Out in the Yard Lawn Equipment: Where o’ where do we start? Weed eater, hedge trimmer, blower and yes, even the lawn mower. ALL of these are doing something at a high rate of speed when it comes in contact with your yard of the month. All it takes is just the tiniest of pebble to ricochet off of a wall to come back in hit you in the eye. Now, instead of creating a masterpiece out of your hedges, your eye doctor will masterfully place a patch, gauze and medical tape around your head!! Sprinkler System: Yes, it’s just water. But I swear it comes out of those heads so fine and so fast it feels like it could cut you. If you’re kneeling down to do some repair and your 8-year-old plays with the buttons at master control, and the water hits you just right, trust me, it hurts....

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Foreign Substance (Chemical Burn)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Chemical Burn, Children's Eye Emergencies, Children's Eye Injuries, Eye Care Professional, Eye Emergencies, Eye Injuries, Foreign Substance, Homepage, Protective Eyewear, QR Code Reader

So I’m guessing most of of us don’t work with high grade chemicals that could accidentally find their way into our eyes. You probably don’t have hydrochloric acid or potassium hydroxide just hanging out. But I bet you might have some household chemicals such as fertilizers, window cleaner, oven cleaner & even nail polish remover. Have you ever had one of those aerosol cans that you thought was pointing forward and it wasn’t? Instead of spraying my bathroom mirror with Windex, I sprayed my right eye. Genius, I know. While it was no sulfurous acid, it still hurt like the dickens. First thought – “Man that hurts.” Second thought – “I’m a man. I can just blink through this.” Last thought – “Wow!!! I need some water. This REALLY hurts.” I went  and flushed my eyes with water for about five minutes. The pain finally subsided and went away. My eye was red for a bit and finally returned to normal. This was fairly harmless, but that led me to the thought – “What if it was something more serious, like Bleach, or Tilex? What do I do?” Hence this post. There are three basic types of chemicals that can bother the eye: Irritants, Acid Burns & Alkali Burns. Irritants: Most household detergents fall into this category. Acid Burns: These usually damage the front of the eye (cornea) but if serious enough, can cause cause blindness. Common acids: Hydrofluoric Acid, Chromic Acid, Acetic Acid, Nitric Acid & Hydrochloric Acid. Other items containing acids: Glass Polish, Vinegar & Nail Polish Remover. Alkali Burns: These are the walking dog of eye injuries. Alkali not only can and will burn the outside of the eye, but the inside as well. Things in your home that contain alkali: Oven Cleaners, Drain Cleaners, Cleaning Products with Ammonia & Fertilizers. “What do I do when I get something like this into my eyes?” Keep in mind, if you’re using some of these heavy duty chemicals, USE PROTECTIVE EYE WEAR!!! Never take a chance with your only two eyeballs. NEVER. But let’s just say that you’re going to be tough as nails and cooler than cool and NOT wear protective eye wear and you get something in your eye. Step 1: First things first – get under a sink or a hose pipe and get fresh, clean running water over your eyes for about 15 minutes. Hopefully, this will get the excess off and prevent further damage. Get a cold, wet rag ready for when you’re done. Step 2: Get someone else to drive you to see us immediately here at Okaloosa Eye Care and apply the cold, wet rag to minimize pain & swelling when you’re en route. Call ahead at (850) 683-0221 so we can be ready for your arrival. Step 3: As painful and as irritating as it may feel, DO NOT RUB your eyes. If there has been surface damage, you may further exacerbate the condition. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more the damage can occur. We highly recommend that you store our information in your phone so...

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