Keeping a Close Eye on Halloween Safety

When talking about Halloween safety, we tend to think about the importance of flashlights, staying with a group and wearing bright colors, but do you ever think about eye safety? You should, according to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Schaal recently took to Facebook to enlighten our followers about the dangers novelty contacts, masks and sprays can pose to one’s eyes as we transform ourselves into ghouls and goblins! Watch her Facebook Live video to learn the best ways to keep your eyes protected this Halloween!

Health Watch: Dr. Ding Discusses Eye Care for Patients with Diabetes

Patients with diabetes often experience complications with eyesight, particularly diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, diabetic patients can take steps to lower their chances of developing eye problems and complications, including seeing an eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated eye exam. Optometrist Juan Ding, MD, discusses the importance of these preventative visits and how we are making eye care more convenient for our diabetic patients by offering optometry care services in the Diabetes Center of Excellence.

Stick to It: Diabetes and the Importance of Eye Care

In the recent edition of Stick to It, our Diabetes Center of Excellence talks about the importance of eye health when you have diabetes. Learn about our new eye clinic and how you can reduce your chances of developing issues with your sight. Produced by the Marketing and Communications Department, Stick to It is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.

Health Watch: Dr Faustina Discusses Eye Protection in Sports

When it comes to sports injuries, protecting your eyes may not be at the forefront of your mind. In this Health Watch, Misha Faustina, MD, ophthalmology, talks about some of the most common eye injuries in sports. Find out the best way to protect your child’s eyes during games and which sports tend to be the most susceptible to eye injuries.

Worried You May Have Dry Eye? Learn More at Our Eye Center

Do your eyes feel irritated or like something is in them? Are you experiencing redness, burning, excessive tearing or occasional blurry vision? You may have dry eye, a common condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears. With July being National Dry Eye Month, it’s the perfect time to talk to one of the ophthalmologists at our Eye Center team. With an eye health exam, your doctor can determine if you are at risk for dry eye based on your symptoms and risk factors, and perform test to evaluate and understand the underlying reasons for your dry eye. Schedule your eye health appointment today either online or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

Join Vision Seminar Program on Diabetic Retinas Thursday 

eye-imageThe Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences hosts a monthly Vision Seminar Series. The next program is Thursday, November 17, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, University Campus, Albert Sherman Center, Conference Room AS6-2072. The topic is “Early Changes in Diabetic Retinas Revealed by a Novel Method that Quantifies SD-OCT Images,” presented by Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of Ophthalmology. Read more.