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The eyes have it: Seven tips for maintaining vision

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2/25/2019
Army Reserve Spc. Brianne Coots performs an exam during a readiness training event in 2018 at Kea’au, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez)

Most eye injuries are preventable, experts say

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Gone in a flash: ‘Floaters’ in field of vision can warn of vision issue

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2/14/2019
Seeing flashes of light or floating debris-like shapes appear in your field of vision should be reason to visit a provider, experts say. These symptoms can indicate retinal issues, which may lead to retinal detachment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston)

Jane Acton was familiar with vision issues and her quick action after experiencing the onset of retinal detachment was vital in recovering her vision

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Gaining new perspective through vision-correcting surgery

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1/29/2019
The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program, available to active duty service members, provides an opportunity to correct vision with ease thanks to advancing technology. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

Once deemed a disqualifying factor for service, refractive surgery is now available to active duty service members through a Department of Defense approved program

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Groundbreaking eye surgery has Airmen seeing careers saved

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5/14/2018
Air Force Maj. Marc Neuffer, chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the U.S. Air Force Academy's 10th Medical Group, prepares to perform collagen crosslinking on patient Air Force Capt. Brent Danner. The medical procedure corrects progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia, degenerative eye conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Laurie Wilson)

Collagen Crosslinking was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016

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Traumatic Brain Injury and the Art of Paddling

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3/7/2018
Collins enjoys stand-up paddle boarding for how it helps him with TBI. His service dog, Charlie, likes it too. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Army Special Operations veteran Josh Collins)

A U.S. Army veteran’s recipe for embracing life after several TBIs

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Sight safety for solar eclipse viewing

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8/9/2017
There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not and that is with special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2. (U.S. Army photo by Mark Rankin)

Staring at the sun during the total eclipse for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can permanently damage the retina

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Belvoir Hospital first in DoD to perform new vision correction procedure

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4/13/2017
The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at the Belvoir Hospital performs the first small incision lenticule extraction procedure in the DoD, the latest advancement in laser eye surgery. The procedure uses a very fast, short-pulsed laser to perform the vision correction procedure and as a result, visual recovery time is accelerated. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s surgeons performed the first small incision lenticule extraction procedure in the Department of Defense

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Ophthalmology Medical Readiness Training Exercise

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3/7/2017
The Ophthalmology Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) team is comprised of 26 U.S. military personnel and several host nation physicians who have partnered together to train medical teams in preparation for deployment. During the MEDRETE, the teams are able to improve the eyesight of more than 250 Panamanian patients during the two-week training exercise. The goal is to provide medical care that benefits the people of Panama, while building relationships with the accompanying Panamanian medical professionals.

The Ophthalmology Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) team is comprised of 26 U.S. military personnel and several host nation physicians who have partnered together to train medical teams in preparation for deployment. During the MEDRETE, the teams are able to improve the eyesight of more than 250 Panamanian patients during the two-week ...

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Caring for Patients Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Fact Sheet for the Outpatient Care Team

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1/28/2015

This fact sheet is intended to assist outpatient providers in supporting patients with visual impairment.

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Caring for Patients Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Fact Sheet for the Inpatient Care Team

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1/28/2015

This fact sheet is intended to assist all who provide direct inpatient care to blind or visually impaired Service members or Veterans.

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