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2010-09-14 08:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) annual American Eye-Q® survey, men and women have different views and habits when it comes to eye and vision health. From seasonal allergies to UV protection to the best foods for eye health, the survey finds men and women are on different sides of the fence. "While there is disagreement, the good news is the majority of both men and women understand the importance of maintaining...

2010-08-24 09:50:00

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- One in 10 infants in the U.S. have undetected vision problems, ranging from crossed eyes to cancer. While most parents know eye and vision problems can be detected in children before they're a year old, only 19 percent of those who participated in the American Optometric Association's (AOA) annual Eye-Q® survey report taking their infant for a comprehensive eye assessment. Thirty-three percent of parents wait until their child is between...

2010-08-05 06:17:00

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 1--DAY ACUVUE(® )TRUEYE(TM) Brand Contact Lenses today became the fifth contact lens in the ACUVUE® family of products to receive the Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses from the American Optometric Association's (AOA) Commission on Ophthalmic Standards. In awarding the Seal of Acceptance, AOA's Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, which provides independent evaluation of...

2010-08-04 15:09:00

AURORA, Ohio, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of children are heading back to their classrooms without the visual skills required to succeed in school. One of the reasons for this is that most people assume if you can see the letters on the eye chart your vision is fine, yet being able to see the letters on the eye chart is just one of 17 visual skills necessary for academic success. "The myth that '20/20' means you have perfect vision started in the 1800's when the eye chart...

2010-07-28 10:48:00

ST. LOUIS, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent interest in "circle-tinted" contact lenses being sold on the Internet to obtain an anime-style look popularized by Lady Gaga in her "Bad Romance" music video is of concern to optometrists. A recent article in the New York Times entitled "What Big Eyes You Have, Dear, But Are Those Contact Lenses Risky?" (July 3, 2010) highlighted the issues surrounding these lenses. Contact lenses are considered safe for the correction of vision when...

2010-07-28 08:00:00

ST. LOUIS, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents and students throughout the country are crossing items off their back-to-school checklists, but most are missing an important task to ensure learning success - a visit to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. According to an American Optometric Association (AOA) survey of K-12 teachers, 81 percent believe vision and learning are interdependent. "Healthy vision is critical to learning and excelling in school," said Dr. Pamela Lowe,...

2010-07-08 08:42:00

AURORA, Ohio, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In football you expect to be tackled, but too many parents get tackled by all the choices they have to make when they have a child who struggles with reading and learning. As we enter the 15th year of observing August as National Children's Vision and Learning Month, Larry Fitzgerald helps to set the record straight on the critical link between vision and learning. "Parents don't realize that you need over 15 visual skills to succeed in...

2010-05-18 08:07:00

ST. LOUIS, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hollywood prepares for a summer filled with 3-D blockbuster hopefuls and cable networks launch 3-D networks and programming for newly-released 3-D televisions, the trend towards this new technology is hard to miss -- except for the millions of Americans who literally can't see it. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/aoa/43612/ (Photo:...

2010-05-07 16:09:00

No-cost Public Health Program Helps Protect Babies' Vision ST. LOUIS, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mother's Day is a special time when many women reflect on the amazing responsibility motherhood brings. Moms want to ensure that their baby grows up happy and healthy and, it seems, all moms know about well-baby visits at the pediatrician's office. However, one well-baby visit that is not as well known is a baby's first trip to the eye doctor. Studies indicate one in every 10 children...

2010-05-03 08:07:00

ST. LOUIS, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer right around the corner, more people will be spending time outdoors and UV protection will be top of mind. Unfortunately, most people think about the protection of their skin, when they should also be considering the safety of their eyes. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) American Eye-Q® survey, only one-third of Americans said UV protection is the most important factor they consider when...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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