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Ocular Melanoma – What is it?

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Ocular melanoma, or “OM” for short, is the most common eye cancer found in adults. It is diagnosed in about 2,500 adults every year in the United States, making it also one of the rarest forms of eye cancer. It occurs when eye pigment cells’ DNA is mutated causing them to multiply out of control and collect within the eye.

It is not clear why eye melanomas develop. We do know that people born with certain growths in or on the eye, as well as those with lighter colored eyes, are at a greater risk for developing ocular melanoma. Some other causes may be increased by exposure to sunlight or artificial sunlight (tanning beds), having certain inherited skin conditions, or simply older age.

Labor Day

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Labor Day – what a great time to talk about eye safety in the workplace, right?

Do you often skip the safety protection when your on the job? Think about all the time you’ve decided to not wear the safety glasses when you are using the table saw. But hey, you’ve been doing your job for so long, being careful and not doing anything stupid come second nature now, right?

Benefits of Wearing a Prosthetic Eye

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Prosthetic_Eye_DiagramProsthetic eyes have many benefits for individuals who wear one (or two!), opposed to wearing an eye patch or nothing at all. Technological advances have made it possible so that a good prosthetic eye looks extremely natural and hard to recognize by appearance. There are many benefits provided by artificial eyes such as proper facial function and one’s physical appearance/self esteem.

 

 

 

 

Happy National Red Wine Day!

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Researchers found a substance in grapes can protect blood vessels in the eye being damaged by aging. Resveratrol is a compound that stops the growth of harmful blood vessels in the retina and blindness associated with eye diseases such as macular degeneration – the leading cause in vision loss.

Other studies have linked it to anti-ageing, heart disease and cancer protection. Resveratrol is found in particularly high levels in grape skin.  If you don’t drink red wine, you can get the same benefits from consuming peanuts, raspberries, red grape juice, blueberries and cranberries.

So sit back and have a glass! (But not too much)