UCLA Bruins will now wear Protective Eye Wear

In the News: Reeves Nelson of the UCLA Bruins Will Now Wear Protective Eyewear

UCLA Bruins basketball player, Reeves Nelson recently had laser eye surgery to repair a tear in his left retina. After being elbowed and slammed around – at one point hitting the right side of his head to the ground after a slam dunk – he will now wear protective eyewear when he returns to the game. Reeves also suffered at least two black eyes this season. This is a good reminder that it’s essential to wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear. For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in baseball, basketball and racquet sports. More information on sports related eye injuries and protective eyewear can be found here: www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/sports.cfm.

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmartTM campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Increase Women’s Risk for Cataracts?
Women who used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be significantly more likely to have cataract surgery compared with women who never used HRT, says a recent study of more than 30,000 Swedish postmenopausal women. If this is confirmed by future research, cataract may be added to the list of potential health risks of HRT use.

In the study, cataract removal risk increased with the length of time women used HRT. Those who took more than one alcoholic drink per day while on HRT had almost double the risk of women who used neither HRT nor alcohol. Smoking did not have a significant effect in this study. Researchers adjusted the data for women’s exposure to birth control pills and other estrogen medicines, and for other reproductive and health factors. Earlier large studies on HRT and cataract risk in the United States, Australia and Europe had mixed results; importantly some of these studies included women who were premenopausal and so possibly protected by their body’s natural estrogen. The Swedish study’s population was unique in some ways that may have affected the results: for example, all women had equal access to care and nearly all had the same ethnic background. The study did not identify type of HRT, type of cataract, or measure exposure to sunlight (too much sun exposure is a cataract risk factor, although less likely to affect people living in northern Europe).

For more details, read the press release on this study.

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmartTM campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).

Did You Know? (March 2010)

Did You Know?

Alternating esotropia and accommodative esotropia is not the same thing. Esotropia means cross-eyed, a condition in which one or both of the eyes turn toward the nose. Alternating esotropia means that sometimes the right eye is straight while the left eye is deviated toward the nose, and at other times the left eye is straight while the right eye is deviated toward the nose. Accommodative esotropia means that both eyes turn toward the nose when a person attempts to focus the eyes on an object that is near to the face.

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmartTM campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).