“If an Airman is required to, but doesn’t, have gas mask inserts, then he or she can’t deploy.” Because Air Force Global Strike Command inspects Whiteman annually to determine if personnel are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, something as simple as Airmen not having gas mask inserts can certainly be detrimental to the wing’s mission. In addition to making sure patients have the proper gas mask inserts prior to deployments, optometry technicians also perform pre-screenings, which test patients’ eyes before they are seen by an optometrist. “The pre-screening includes checking vision, asking numerous health history questions and performing vision tests before sending them to see the doctor,” said Alyssa White, 509th MDOS optometry technician. “My duties also include ordering and dispensing spectacles and performing repairs.” The technicians use a variety of tools and equipment, valued at more than $150,000, to accommodate patients who have different needs. “We have patients who have borderline glaucoma or other medical conditions that require special visual testing for many different diseases,” White said.
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10 eye health tips to protect your vision
And if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, its a good idea to get sunglasses with lenses that are polarized, which means that theyve been treated to reduce glare. Though a new generation of contact lenses can help deflect some of the suns harmful rays (such as Acuvue TrueEye, which is popular among dry-eye sufferers), they dont cover the eyelids, so youll still want to top off with a pair of sunglasses, Cohn said. Find the perfect sunglasses for your face shape. Related: 6 Remedies for Tired-Looking Eyes 4.
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Clearview Eye & Laser Center: Individuals With Diabetes At Risk For Eye Disease
Sandy T. Feldman a nationally-recognized ophthalmologist and corneal expert at Clearview Eye & Laser Center in San Diego encourages patients with diabetes to immediately consult with their physicians if they suspect any issues developing with their vision. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120831/MM66748LOGO ) “With the number of individuals who develop diabetes-related eye disorders growing at such an alarming rate, it is imperative that patients take the necessary precautions and preventive measures in order to prevent these conditions from progressing,” said Dr. Feldman. “Simple things like eating a healthy diet in order to control blood glucose levels or hypertension, or getting your eyes examined each year, go a long way in diabetes and eye disease self-management.” For individuals with diabetes, the three major eye conditions that may develop and of which they should be aware include cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy. High glucose (sugar) levels can increase the risk of these and other eye problems resulting from diabetes. The high blood sugar causes the eye lens to swell, which can hamper one’s ability to see.
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