Halloween Safety

25 10 2013

TheEyesofTexasBlog

Halloween is here and there will be lots of kids running around  in the dark.  Take precautions with your kids and make sure they are visible to cars.   Here are a few tips:

  1. Children should be given a flashlight to help them see where they are going in the dark and also to be seen by others easier.
  2. Consider using face paint instead of masks to help children see to get around better.  At least make sure the eye holes are large enough so as not to obstruct their vision.
  3. Reflective tape can be attached to costumes and clothing to make them more visible as well.
  4. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  5. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an…

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You are the “apple of His eye.”

16 10 2013

Many times I have explained to patient’s that I am using a magnifying lens while at the microscope to look at the inside back surface of the eye.  They often exclaim, especially kids, “You can see all the way back there?  How can you do that?”

“Well,” I tell them, “you have a hole in your eye, the pupil.  Normally it’s black because light doesn’t shine back out of it but with a strong light and a magnifier, we can see through that hole and make sure everything is healthy back there.”  Of course, most people probably in a way know  that light has to get into the eye but many don’t really think about how the eye works alot like a camera, with an aperature (the pupil),  a lens and the film or now days a digital photo sensor (the retina).

The pupil was known as the “apple” in ancient times due to the round shape.  The phrase, “apple of my eye,” which first was used in the Bible, comes from a Hebrew expression that literally means “little man of the eye,” due to the reflection of yourself you can see in someone else’s pupil when close enough to them.

From Psalm 17, King David mentions it in his prayer:

“6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
    turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
    you who save by your right hand
    those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
    from my mortal enemies who surround me.”

When someone says, “He is the apple of my eye” they are referring to the person who someone loves most and is very proud of.   Something that is to be protected and cherished.  An example would be someone saying, “That little girl is the apple of my eye.”

Our worship leader, Chuck, brought this up in worship one Sunday of how God sees us all as “the apple of His eye.”  God is jealous for your affection and He wants you to be close enough to Him for you to see the reflection in His eyes.   He loves you that much.   And you can, when you have a personal relationship with His only son, Jesus.   It’s not about having religion, which is man working to get right with God.

You see, God is a Holy God.  No one has ever or ever will be good enough to come into His holy presence except One.   His one and only son, Jesus.  Jesus offered Himself freely on the cross to take on your sins and those of the whole world.  In doing so He paid the penalty for sin, which is death and being forever separated from God,  for all of us,  once and for all.  No more sacrifices are needed to be in right standing with God.  No amount of “good deeds” can make us in right standing with God.  Only  placing your faith in Jesus Christ and accepting His saving grace can do that.   Jesus said, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6

You ARE the apple of His eye.  The person that He loves most and is very proud of.    No matter what you’ve done in the past or who you were doesn’t matter anymore.   You have a new identity in Christ because of what He did and nothing would please Him more to see your image dancing in front of His pupils with heartfelt gratitude and praise.  We all have this God sized hole in our eye….and our hearts that no other person or thing can fill or satisfy.  If you sit still and listen for that soft, still voice,  you will know it in your heart.   Let him in to both!

It doesn’t take going to church or getting your life straight first.   It’s as simple as saying a heartfelt prayer in your room like “God, forgive me, I believe Jesus died for me and you raised Him from the dead and I want to follow Him.  Come into my heart and change me.”   Then tell someone else, get involved in a Bible based church home that has life, begin reading the Bible starting in the book of John, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power to change and learn.   His grace (undeserved favor) is a wonderful thing!

A great resource to know more about a personal relationship with Jesus is www.NeedHim.org     Or locally, at www.mygtf.org or email at info@mygtf.org.

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 23 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.  Like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source  and you can also connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas

Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





Might you have mites?

3 10 2013

Mites?  On my eyes?  You got to be kidding me?!  Aren’t those little bugs like chiggers or lice?  Well…….yes.   They are technically a parasite that we all have on our skin.   I know, it sounds gross.  Perfect with Halloween coming up don’t you think?  Scary, little monsters eating our dead skin cells and living in our hair follicles or oil glands.   Probably itching already aren’t you?

There are two types of mites that tend to affect humans and especially around the eyes.  One is Demodex folliculorum that burrows into the eyelash or eyebrow hair follicles.  The other is Demodex brevis, which is a smaller version that often burrows into the sebaceous glands along the eyelid margin.   They are about 300 microns in length, which is about 3X the width of human hair so you are not going to see them crawling around without a microscope.   When Demodex mites infest a dog, you know it as “mange.”

We all carry the little bugs on our skin as do animals but when they get out of control is when they cause problems.  With the eye, it can cause a type of blepharitis or inflammation of the eyelid margins.  Often the lids are  red, irritated, dry, sometimes there is greasy debris along the base of the lashes as well as oil glands plugged up as well.  Bacterial or seborrheic blepharitis are more often to cause this but when it is difficult to get rid of with normal treatment, Demodex may be the underlying cause.   

To detect Demodex, your eye doctor examines the eyelash margin for characteristic greasy-looking “sleeves” around the bash of the lash.  This is the parasite’s body with the head remaining in the hair follicle. They can be seen by epilating (plucking) an eyelash which they are attached to and observed under high magnification with the microscope.

Treatment for Demodex normally consists of daily, eyelid cleansing with commercial eyelid cleaner such as Ocusoft Plus EyeLid Scrub, diluted tea tree oil and possibly antibacterial/steroid combination ointments to smother the mites and reduce inflammation, tea tree oil shampoo and face wash, thoroughly washing sheets and discarding pillows and treating pets that live in the house.   As we learn more about them, new treatments are being proposed such as Ivermectin.    Ivermectin has been used successfully in veterinary medicine in demodicosis of cats and dogs.  It is currently used off label in demodicosis of humans immuno-competent or infected by HIV.   There is growing evidence that acne rosacea of the face is related to immune reactions to Demodex too.

Demodex is as prevalent as dust mites,  which also can cause humans problems.  It’s just when they become overpopulated through poor hygiene or if your immune system weakens from age, disease or age that they can become problematic.

So if you are waking up with irritated, dry, red eyes, make sure your doctor has considered Demodex as the underlying cause.  It “mite” have been overlooked.

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 23 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.  Like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source  and you can also connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas

Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”