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April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

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April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

Eye injuries can occur at any time, but the frequency of those related to sports and recreation are at much higher rates.  According to the U.S. Eye Injury Registry, fishing is the number one cause of sports-related injuries.  However, 90 percent of serious eye injuries can be prevented by using appropriate protective eyewear.  Regular eyeglasses do not provide adequate protection.  Keep in mind that all eye injuries are not sports related alone and can happen even at home while doing yard work, home repairs, cleaning, etc…  Therefore, it is important that the type of eye protection one uses is appropriate for the specific activity.


The Dangers of High Eye Pressure

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The Dangers of High Eye Pressure

High eye pressure is a key indicator of the medical condition known as Glaucoma. In individuals with Glaucoma, there is an abnormally high amount of pressure placed on the optic nerve. This, however, can be diagnosed very easily by an instrument called a tonometer. Once the level of pressure is assessed an individualized treatment plan can begin.

Although Glaucoma typically has no early warning signs, if you are experiencing symptoms such as loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision you should schedule an eye pressure evaluation immediately. Prevention is always the best medicine and regular eye exams are imperative in maintaining healthy eyes. If you are interested in scheduling a Glaucoma Evaluation with Dr. Sturridge, Eye Center South’s Glaucoma Specialist, please call 334-793-2211.


Narrow Angle vs. Open Angle Glaucoma

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Narrow Angle vs. Open Angle Glaucoma

Contrary to popular belief, Glaucoma does not describe one specific condition, but a group of conditions that correspond to one another and can cause blindness. Because the term Glaucoma describes many different things, there are two common variations of this disease.

The first is called Open Angle Glaucoma. In patients suffering from Open Angle Glaucoma, there is an increased pressure in the eye resulting from improper draining of liquid in the eye where the cornea and iris meet. Symptoms of this condition often include moderate eye pain, nausea, redness of the eye, and blurred vision. Typical treatments for Open Angle Glaucoma are eye drops, laser treatments, or Glaucoma surgery.

However, if you feel a sudden onset of these symptoms you may be experiencing Narrow Angle Glaucoma which is caused by a complete blockage of the duct that drains liquid from the eye and causes eye pressure to rise very quickly causing severe eye pain, nausea, redness of the eye, and blurred vision. In this instance you should see a doctor right away. These symptoms left untreated can cause permanent blindness.

Since Glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms in the early stages, it is very important that you get regular eye exams to monitor the health of your eyes. If you are interested in scheduling a Glaucoma evaluation with Eye Center South’s Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Glaucoma Specialist, Kirk Sturridge, MD, please call 334-793-2211.