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Eyecare For Haiti - But So much more

"Patients will come from five or six hours away, lining up well before dawn for a chance to get an eye exam."


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Laundry Detergent Pods Could Lead to Severe Eye Burns in Toddlers

The IOA is emphasizing caution to keep hazardous household chemicals including detergent pods out of reach of young children, as detrimental consequences to a child’s health, specifically the eye, could occur.


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Glaucoma: The Sight Thief 

Most Americans do not realize that glaucoma typically has no early warning signs or symptoms. Glaucoma affects 2.7 million people in the United States and is the second leading cause of blindness, yet understanding and awareness of the disease is low.


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As a leading cause of blindness, diabetic retinopathy often has no early warning signs.  With November being National Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) encourages you to take steps to protect your sight.


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Optometrists & State Regulator Warns Halloween Colored Contacts Could Permanently Damage your Eyes 

With the Halloween season upon us, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) is reminding the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous. 

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Back to School: Help Your Child See What they're missing

Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life ... academically ... socially ... and athletically.  While children entering kindergarten in Illinois must have their eyes examined before starting school, Dr. Brian Plattner, president of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) explains that “actually every child should be examined annually as part of their health maintenance program.”

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