Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Offers Free Resources to Educate Public on Age-related Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Milwaukee, WI (February 3, 2014)
– Today, more than 2 million Americans ages 50
and over have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including more than 40,000 adults over the age of 40 in Wisconsin. AMD is an eye disease that causes central vision to gradually deteriorate. Over time, AMD can lead to low vision and blindness. According to the National Eye Institute, almost 3 million Americans have low vision. Blindness and low vision in the U.S. cost more than $3.7 billion annually, with an annual per-person treatment cost of $6,680, according to the “Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States.
To raise awareness of AMD and low vision, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Awareness Month. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers resources on AMD and low vision, including: Living Well with Low Vision
is a new online resource offering up-to-date information and free materials for people living with low vision. The mission of Living Well With Low Vision
is to make it as easy as possible for people to educate themselves about loss of vision and to meet the daily challenges resulting from it. AMD Awareness Makes a Difference
- Prevent Blindness Wisconsin offers Amsler grid magnets to help raise awareness of AMD. An Amsler grid is used to monitor a person's central vision and can help identify vision abnormalities linked to AMD. To request a grid with instructions for use, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Prevent Blindness AMD Learning Center-
The AMD Learning Center, found atwisconsin.preventblindness.org/age-related-macular-degeneration-amd
, provides a variety of educational tools including AMD risk factors, treatment options, an Adult Vision Risk Assessment tool, fact sheets and more. See Jane See
- More women than men have eye disease, and 65 percent of those diagnosed with AMD are women. SeeJaneSee.org
is a new Prevent Blindness online resource offering free eye health information tailored to women.
“The number of cases of those with AMD, retinal disorders and low vision are growing at an alarming rate,” said Barbara Armstrong, Executive Director of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. “Only through education, early detection and treatment can we prevent considerable vision loss.”
Making a commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle also helps to save sight. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin recommends:
- Visit an eye doctor regularly
- Stop smoking
- Eat healthy foods, including foods rich in certain antioxidants
- Stay active
- Control blood pressure
- Avoid eye injuries that may cause permanent damage by wearing eye protection during physical activities
- When outdoors, no matter what time of year, always wear UV-blocking wrap-around sunglasses and a brimmed hat
For more information on AMD, low vision and other eye disease, please contact Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at (414) 765-0505
or visit www.preventblindness.org/wi
.Prevent Blindness Wisconsin - Overview
Founded in 1958 by civic leaders in Milwaukee, including Edmund Fitzgerald, Ralph Harkness, Earl Herslof and John Hitz, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin preserves the gift of sight for Wisconsin’s children and adults. The mission of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is to prevent blindness and preserve sight
by identifying early signs of vision disorders, facilitating early and effective treatment, and preventing eye injury.
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If you know of a child in need of a winter coat, the salvation army is giving free coats to children on 11/1/13 at 5880 N 60th Street between 9:00am and noon. Feel free to give this information out to anyone who you believe maybe in need.
Free Green Cleaning ToolkitThe Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH) - The Green Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Toolkit presents practical information on how to keep environments clean and safe using practices and products that are less hazardous and protect children and staff from infectious diseases.Download the toolkit for free here.
Research reporters for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine did a study on 3000 adults who didn't have asthma and it was found that using air fresheners caused asthma and triggered attacks. Increased usage of the air fresheners increased the risk of asthma and the attacks.
Ingredients in Air Fresheners
It is the chemicals and synthetic sprays in air fresheners that cause asthma and trigger attacks.
Chemicals — Exposure to chemicals is responsible for about 15 percent of cases of asthma. If symptoms tend to flare in a workplace where chemicals are in use, the patient and healthcare provider can discuss strategies to limit exposure.
If possible, people whose asthma is triggered by strong odors should avoid the use of chlorine and bleach-based cleaning products. If these cleaners are needed to control the growth of mold in the home, ventilate the area thoroughly during and after use, and if possible, have a non-asthmatic person perform the cleaning. Other troubling odors include perfumes, air fresheners, scented room sprays and candles, and cooking oils.
Auvi-Q is a new type of Epi-Pen for those with severe allergies. Please take a look under the medication tab the Auvi-Q website. There is also a savings card for Auvi-Q for $0 co-pay.
Beware the Dangers of Cosmetic Contacts This Halloween
As Halloween quickly approaches and people plan their elaborate costumes, many may be tempted to usecosmetic contact lenses as a final touch. However, ophthalmologists – medical doctors specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions – warn that doing so without a prescription can lead to permanent vision loss.Though selling cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription is illegal, many shops and online retailers still sell them to customers who are unaware that wearing these devices can result in serious, potentially blinding eye injuries. Retailers often market these products as cosmetics, fashion accessories or toys, when in fact they are medical devices that require prescriptions and FDA approval. The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that the lenses may not be manufactured to meet federal health and safety standards. They can also cause injuries such as cuts and open sores in the protective layer of the iris and pupil (corneal abrasions and ulcers) and potentially blinding painful bacterial infections (keratitis). These injuries can require serious eye surgeries such as corneal transplants. In some cases, use of cosmetic contacts obtained without a prescription can even lead to permanent vision loss. One study found that wearing cosmetic contact lenses increased the keratitis risk by more than 16 times.To safely wear decorative or colored contact lenses this Halloween, or any time of year, follow these guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
For more information on cosmetic contact lens safety, visit www.geteyesmart.org.
- Only buy decorative contact lenses from an eye care professional such as an ophthalmologist or a retailer that requires a prescription and sells FDA-approved products.
- If you don’t already have a contact lens prescription, obtain a valid prescription and eye exam from an ophthalmologist or optometrist - a health care professional who provides primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment and management of vision changes.
- Don’t fall victim to false advertising claims and lenses labeled as “one size fits all” or “no need to see an eye specialist.” Even those with perfect vision need an eye exam and prescription to obtain the right size contacts.
- Follow the directions for cleaning, disinfecting and wearing the lenses. Contacts that are left in for too long or not properly cleaned and disinfected can significantly increase the risk of an eye infection.
- Never share contact lenses with another person or wear expired lenses.
- If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses and seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist. Eye infections like keratitis can quickly become serious and cause blindness if left untreated.