Diabetic eye disease: How regular eye exams could save vision
“When we blink, we push out a little bit of oil,” Starr said. “It’s critical for healthy tear film. … When you blink, you put out a little oil with each blink. So if you’re not blinking, you’re not getting the oil, your tears are evaporating and over the hours of a long workday that leads to significant dry eye.” Symptoms of dry eye include grittiness, a sandy feeling, a foreign body sensation, burning, redness, and sometimes tearing, and blurry vision. Star added, “Vision can (also) fluctuate, so if you have clear vision in the morning, blurry vision at the end of the day, it’s often in relation to this.” To reduce dry eye symptoms, Starr recommended the 20/20/20 rule: “Every 20 minutes you’re on the computer, take a break, look away at a distant object that’s 20 feet away or further for 20 seconds or more.
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In detail, only 36% of people with diabetes said they had spoken with their doctor regarding their risk of vision loss when they were diagnosed, and 22% had never spoken to their doctor about this topic. Of those who have never had a retina eye exam, 13% said it was because they believed they had not had diabetes long enough for it to affect their vision. Over 50% of respondents were unaware that diabetic macular edema was a leading cause of vision loss or blindness for diabetes sufferers, and 32% did not know they needed a dilated eye exam. Needless to say, the results of this survey are worrying, especially considering the millions of diabetes sufferers who are at risk of eye disease. Dr.
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Hawk-Eye’s vision extends to soccer and beyond
The work of Hawk-Eye, bought by Japanese electronics giant Sony in 2011, and rivals such as Germany’s GoalControl enables sports to get more of those decisions right, creating a business opportunity and fuelling a debate about whether review technology slows down the game too much. Paul Hawkins, who developed and gave his name to a system to complement television coverage of cricket in the 1990s and remains a director of the company, wants to end that debate. “Sport at the top level is about fine margins,” he said. “You can’t have something that only gets rid of the howler (blatant error) and doesn’t help with the close calls.” PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUT Hawk-Eye is now helping to resolve goal line disputes in English soccer after the Premier League, the world’s richest, became the first major domestic competition to bring in such technology. FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, has gone down a similar path after match officials failed to spot a goal by England’s Frank Lampard in his country’s defeat to Germany during the 2010 World Cup. FIFA used a GoalControl system during the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June, leaving the Germans well placed to win the contract for next year’s World Cup.
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