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November 15, 2017

Look Out Eyes! Melanoma Isn’t Just Skin Cancer

Protecting Your Eyes From Ocular Melanoma

melanoma isn't just skin cancer

When people think of melanoma, they almost invariably think of it as being synonymous with skin cancer – everywhere else, of course, but your eyes. Make sure to put on plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat when you go outside, keep an eye out for any irregularly shaped or colored blotches on your skin, and you should be all right, sound about right?

But in fact, melanoma is simply a cancer of the melanin cells, which are the cells that produce the color of your skin, hair, and eyes. Because the truth is that there are melanin cells in your eyes, you can get eye melanoma, as well. Skin cancer of this variety is typically called ocular melanoma. Here’s what you need to know about the condition.

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October 24, 2017

Coping with Allergies and Itchy Eyes

Fall Can Be Difficult for Those Suffering From Eye Allergies

itchy and watery eyes

If you have allergies that affect your eyes, you know how frustrating they can be. Your eyes get red, teary, and itchy, and it seems like there is really nothing you can do about it. You want to rub them, but you know that only makes it worse. So how do you deal with allergies and itchy eyes?

The first thing to realize is that the process that is causing your runny nose and sneezing is also what is affecting your eyes, so anti-allergy medications like antihistamines that help with those nasal symptoms should also assist in clearing up your eye symptoms.

Some people have seasonal allergies, like the dreaded hay fever, that crop up in warmer months when there is more pollen in the air. Although these allergies can be unpleasant, people with perennial allergies may feel they have it worse. These are people whose allergies are triggered year-round, by things like dust, pet dander and smoke.

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