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Friendly reminders going into the New Year

November is American Diabetes Month. While we are headed into the New Year, it is important to have an annual eye exam because diabetes can affect your eye health. Doing preventative screenings with your health can prevent serious conditions from progressing.

Diabetes can affect your eyesight by causing blurry vision when your sugar levels are high. People with diabetes are at a higher risk to get glaucoma and cataracts. Diabetic retinotopy is another condition where the blood vessels in your retina become damaged if it goes untreated, it could lead to blindness. It is important for an annual eye exam. This helps maintain eye health, especially diabetic eye health. At Crescent City Optical, we take your eyes to heart. Call today to schedule your annual eye exam.

Tis' the season, during the holiday season many are opening gifts and enjoying those special moments with their loved ones. This month is toys and gifts safety awareness month. There is a spike in injuries due to toys and gifts. As your kids unwrap their presents and begin to play with them make sure that you've read the safety guidelines for the toys and, also that the toys are safe for your child's age range. Below are some safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

Tips for selecting safe gifts this holiday season:

  • Think twice before purchasing toys with sharp, protruding, or projectile parts.

  • Make sure children are appropriately supervised when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause an eye injury.

  • Check the labels of laser products for evidence that the device complies with 21 CFR (the Code of Federal Regulations) Subchapter J.

  • If you give sports equipment, also give the appropriate protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Check with your ophthalmologist to learn about protective gear recommended for your child's sport.

  • Check labels for age recommendations and be sure to select gifts that are appropriate for a child's age and maturity.

  • Keep toys that are made for older children away from younger children.

  • If your child experiences an eye injury from a toy, seek immediate medical attention from an optometrist.

If you have any questions or concerns about toy safety give us a call at 504-347-9988.

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