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Happy New Year!

dr alan mendelsohn, fort lauderdale, miami ophthalmologist

I read a couple of articles relating to New Year’s Eve and wanted to share them.

The first was from Lee Shu Yen, deputy head of the Surgical Retina Department at Singapore National Eye Centre. She says something that I’ve spoken about before and that is being proactive when it comes to your health.

I urge Singaporeans to actively get health checks. Some diseases can be easily treated if diagnosed and managed early. For example, all diabetics should have an eye check-up at least once a year. This is important as there are often no symptoms of diabetic eye disease until it is late/advanced, and it can be challenging to treat and preserve vision.

This is something I wrote about last week.

Then there was the article I saw about New Years and fireworks. In it, Dr. Sumitra Khandelwal  discusses the dangers of fireworks and what to do if you suffer an eye injury.

It’s a great piece especially for all the other times during the year when there are fireworks. But more importantly than that, we have to take away the point that in any situation, the eyes are at risk. We have to be careful and if something happens, not to panic. The points about not touching, rubbing or rinsing the eyes and not applying pressure to the eyes are universal and apply to any situation.

Have a wonderful 2018 and hope it’s a safe one.