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Nothing like a good movie and some popcorn, but protect your eyes when microwaving the popcorn


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8/3/2012
Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin
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Are you curling up on the sofa with your kids for a good movie this weekend?  You always need some popcorn to complement the movie.  Few of us use a popcorn maker, and even fewer of us use a pan to make the popcorn.  The microwave is what most of us use.  Microwave popcorn makers are now required to put on their labels to 'open the bag away from the face' in large bold letters.

protect your eyesSome children have been injured, burning their corneas from opening the bag of popcorn.  The steam coming out of the bag can be extremely hot.  Luckily, most children don't go on to suffer permanent damage to their eyes.  They typically need some prescription anti-biotic eye drops/ointment.  On occasion, they may need a patch or dark glasses to reduce their light sensitivity.  However, scalding your eyeballs is extremely uncomfortable and painful.  The outer layer of the eye called the epithelium typically sloths off, but grows back in a few days.  If your child suffers from an injury, make sure to seek an eye doctor immediately to optimize your child's healing and vision care.

Tucson Optometrist Dr. Zie admits that she has not seen a popcorn injury, but has witnessed multiple chemical irritation injuries.  The first step is to rinse your eyes as throughly as possible with water, typically for 15 minutes.  After that time, make sure to have your eyes examined by an eye doctor as soon as poosible.  Generally speaking, if your eyes are red, that is a good sign as the blood vessels are engorged and irritated.  If your eyes are white, that may be a bad sign as some chemical irritants may reduce blood flow to the surface of the eye called the cornea.

If you have an eye injury, or just need to update your prescription for eye glasses or contact lenses, contact Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin at Head to Toe Healthcare, PLC.  Dr. Zie will explain your situation to you in clear detail and get you seeing clear in no time.



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