Babies and children should be checked by their pediatrician at least annually for eye abnormalities; and if abnormalities are found, the child should be examined by an EyeMD.
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- How often should children have their eyes checked?
Does looking into the sun for a couple of seconds harm my eyes?
There is no definite number of seconds that a person might look directly into the sun and not cause permanent damage to their retina. Each of us is different, the angle of the sun, the amount of clouds, and many other variables come into play. What we can say is that staring into the sun can and does cause permanent irreparable harm to the retina of the eye. Lenses that filter UV light can help to reduce this sensitivity, but it is, by no means, sufficient to protect the eyes when looking directly into the sun. If you had sustained any real damage to your retina, I suspect you would notice a black spot in the center of your vision in one or both eyes that does not go away. I urge you to see your ophthalmologist (Eye-MD) soon if you have any noticeable effects of from sun exposure.
Why do some eye drops need to be refrigerated?
Louis B. Cantor, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmartSome evidence suggests that some of the glaucoma medications may be subject to degradation or breakdown if they get too warm or are kept too long at room temperature. This is generally not a major concern, however, if the medications are used as instructed and are not exposed to extremely high temperatures (like being left in a car in the hot sun). Some individuals also prefer to refrigerate their drops so that they can more easily determine if they put the drop in their eye properly, or the drop may feel more soothing and comfortable if cool when instilled.
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