Sports Eye Safety Month: Chippewa Valley men share their stories about dangers of eye injuries

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Sports Eye Safety Month: Chippewa Valley men share their stories about dangers of eye injuries

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Keep your eye on the ball? Or, in a minute, maybe you’ll be thinking just the opposite trying to figure out how to keep your eyes away from balls, bats, and rackets.

April is “Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month”. If there’s something worth looking after, it’s your eyes. One small accident can create a lifetime of potential problems.

A dart is to blame for the blindness in Bob Rubenzer’s right eye, and a sudden poke continues to provoke change for Dan Jasurda.

“So, I was going for a rebound, and the guy just caught my eye,” Jasurda said. “Every morning when I wake up, basically, the skin on my eye catches with my eye lid, and I have to rub out in a circular motion to detach the skin until basically it un-catches from my eyelid,” Jasurda said.

Dr. Rebecca Kabat, the optometrist at River Valley Vision in Eau Claire, said any blunt trauma to the eye can cause you to run the risk of the eye compressing. “When it bends in and pulls back out, the retina can detach and that’s the inside lining of your eye which is responsible for your vision,” Dr. Kabat said.

From darts to buckets, and especially sports with rackets, the American Academy of Ophthalmology puts sports, like these at the top of the list for aiding in potential eye injuries. “I hit myself, and I split my eyebrow, and I think there’s a split in my eyebrow to this day,” said Mike Oneill, who plays racquetball at the Eau Claire YMCA.

According to AAO, every year more than 40,000 athletes suffer from some time of an eye injury. Denae Murmer, the optical supervisor at Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, said eye injuries can be prevented. “90% of injuries with your eyes can be prevented with proper eye wear,” Murmer said.

If you’d like to have protective eye wear for your sport, look for something that’s ASTM standard, which Murmer said is a label that indicates the eyewear is made for sports.

After all, Dr. Kabat said your eyes are the only pair you get and cannot be replaced.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends choosing eye protectors that have been tested to meet the American Society of Testing and Materials Standard (ASTM).

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Sports-related eye injuries one of the most common

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Sports-related eye injuries one of the most common:
April is Sports Eye Safety Month

Each year, more than 40 thousand athletes suffer from an eye injury. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable with protective eyewear, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Although the risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity, regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity.

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Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic is committed to providing the safest and most advanced eye care, serving the people in Western Wisconsin for the past 35 years. With its dedicated team of seven ophthalmologists and three optometrists, Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic delivers personalized patient care, surgical expertise, and outstanding results.

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Chippewa Valley eye doctors busy following solar eclipse

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Chippewa Valley eye doctors busy following solar eclipse
Eau Claire (WQOW) – If you happened to look at Monday’s solar eclipse without eye protection, you might now be seeing stars instead, and you are not alone.
Doctors at several eye clinics around the Chippewa Valley told News 18 their phones are ringing frequently with people concerned they might have injured their eyes during the eclipse.

Dr. Tom Harvey, an ophthalmologist at Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, said if you start having trouble seeing things directly in front of you, or see spots, you should visit your eye doctor. They will be able to look into the back of your eye to see if there is damage.

“Most of those are transient changes that will go away over three to six months, but the healing may be incomplete, and there may be some permanent loss,” Harvey said. “So, its important to be evaluated by a good eye doctor.”

Harvey said a doctor can provide you with eye drops to try and help the problem, but chances are once the eye is damaged, it is permanent.

“Most of those are transient changes that will go away over three to six months, but the healing may be incomplete, and there may be some permanent loss,” Harvey said. “So, its important to be evaluated by a good eye doctor.”
Harvey said a doctor can provide you with eye drops to try and help the problem, but chances are once the eye is damaged, it is permanent.

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Buying Decorative Contact Lenses Without a Prescription: Be Very Afraid!

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Buying Decorative Contact Lenses Without a Prescription: Be Very Afraid!

Some online retailers and novelty shops sell contacts without requiring a prescription or warning of the risks involved. Non-prescription contacts can cause serious injuries to the eye such as corneal abrasions and in some cases, lead to permanent vision loss.

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Operation Sight: Chippewa Valley Ophthalmologists Give Big for the Holidays

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Operation Sight: Chippewa Valley Ophthalmologists Give Big for the Holidays

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Coat drives, toy donations – many give what they can for the holidays. This season, Chippewa Valley ophthalmologists are giving the gift of sight to several patients in need.

Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic (CVEC) has partnered with The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic in Eau Claire to provide eye care to those in need in our community. For several years, CVEC doctors and staff have volunteered their time at the Free Clinic and given eye exams free of charge. Now they are able to perform several cataract surgeries.

Ernesto Geroy and his wife, Jocelyn moved to the United States from the Philippines. They were both greatly in need of cataract removal, but had not been able to receive surgery because they could not afford the medical care.

Dr. Lee Hofer, Ophthalmologist at CVEC and volunteer at the Free Clinic, reached out to surgeons and facilities willing to meet this need. Dr. Hofer’s partners at CVEC, Dr. Thomas Harvey and Dr. Heidi Jarecki, both graciously agreed to perform the operations, as well as Dr. Terry McCanna in Chippewa Falls.

“The goal in providing eye care at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic is to offer examination, treatment, and care for any person in need, free of the usual financial obligation,” Dr. Hofer says.
“Through the combined generosity of CVEC surgeons, the Independent Surgery Center in Hallie, and Oakleaf Surgical Hospital in Altoona, we are now able to fulfill our commitment by providing some of the surgical services commonly needed in eye care.”

Now Ernesto, Jocelyn, and several other Free Clinic patients are able to undergo surgery and regain their sight.

From left to right: Dr. Thomas Harvey, Ernesto Geroy, Jocelyn Geroy, and Dr. Lee Hofer

Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic has a long tradition of helping those with fewer resources,” says Dr. Harvey. “We believe this gift of sight restoration will allow great contributions by these patients in the future and we are pleased to make this happen for them.

While our cataract removal procedures today are more precise than ever, as are the methods of calculating the lens power to be implanted, some occasions arise where the post cataract surgery result is short of the goal. This is the situation where the Refractive Laser comes into consideration. Usually, in these situations, some basic form of common refractive error, myopia or astigmatism remain.

If, after an adequate healing period of 4-6 months, this persists, a type of laser known as an Excimer laser can be used to treat this residual refractive amount by reshaping the cornea in the same fashion that has been done for 20+ years for patients seeking independence from glasses. It is a quick procedure, taking less than ten minutes in most cases and after healing, usually within 2 weeks, noticeable visual improvement is achieved with complete recovery at 2-3 months.

The addition of this procedure to compliment or complete the cataract visual recovery process has been of great benefit to many people. When discussing cataract surgery with your eye care professional, ask them if you would be a Premium Lens candidate and after any cataract surgery, if you feel your visual outcome is short of your expectation, engage your surgeon in the discussion of whether Laser Refractive Surgery would be advisable.

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