Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!

Written by Marci L. Crane

Don’t Sweatrepparttar Small Stuff! If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or presbyopia there are a vast amount of solutions available to correct and treat your specific vision problem. Withrepparttar 150559 medicine and technology available to improve your vision, there is no need to worry about you and your family’s eye sight. The vision problems mentioned above andrepparttar 150560 measures that can be taken to correct them are listed below:

Astigmatism Astigmatism isrepparttar 150561 most common vision problem withinrepparttar 150562 United States, and surprisingly, has only recently been treated with contact lenses. Astigmatism is generally caused by an irregularly shaped cornea but can also be caused by an irregularly shaped lens. Astigmatism affects persons of all ages, including children. It can also lead to symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, or distorted/blurred vision. However, it is important to note that astigmatism often manifests itself only by slightly blurred vision or by symptoms that are barely detectable--especially by children. For this reason, it is ofrepparttar 150563 utmost importance to schedule regular eye exams, especially for children. Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, toric contact lenses (link to: or refractive surgery.

Nearsightedness It is estimated that up to one third ofrepparttar 150564 population experience symptoms of nearsightedness, or myopia. Symptoms of myopia may include headaches or eyestrain and difficulty seeing objects at a distance while driving or playing sports. Myopia occurs whenrepparttar 150565 eyeball is longer than average fromrepparttar 150566 front torepparttar 150567 back, which causes light to focus in front ofrepparttar 150568 retina instead of directly on it. Myopia is often caused by genetic factors and in general is manifested during childhood. Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses (link to: or corrective surgery. (Source:

Protecting your child from a dog bite

Written by Sophie Evans

Site: Article Release date: Immediate Date: 18 July 2005

Protecting your child from a dog bite

Dogs make great loyal pets and are always pleased to see their owner; they are loving and have their own distinct personalities. However, every animal hasrepparttar potential to become aggressive. Each year 200,000 people are bitten by dogs inrepparttar 150515 UK, and a number of those are tragically killed as a result. It is an extremely distressing statistic which comes as a surprise to many people who see dogs as friendly animals which often become part ofrepparttar 150516 family unit.

Being bitten by a dog is unpleasant for anyone. Even when a dog is playing, its strong jaw can inflict wounds to human flesh that cause pain and infection. Even breeds of animal that are known for their gentle temperament are potential biters. Any dog can become annoyed and agitated during hot weather, when they are eating, sleeping or with their puppies. Amongstrepparttar 150517 number of people bitten by dogs is an alarming amount of children. 70% of all dog attacks are on children with 77% ofrepparttar 150518 animals known torepparttar 150519 child.

Children are attacked by dogs for several reasons. Firstly, their inexperience and trusting nature can result in an angry dog; they are not aware that dogs can be dangerous, asrepparttar 150520 family pet is often well loved by children. They may irritate a dog without realising it by playing and stroking a dog that is feeding or sleeping. It is not advisable to leave a child unattended with any animal whether it isrepparttar 150521 familiar family pet or an unknown dog. The second reason that children are susceptible to dog attacks is their height. A child is oftenrepparttar 150522 same height as a dog and young children will come face to face with a dog when standing. Whilst an attack on an adult may result in a bitten arm or leg, an attack on child can lead to serious facial and head wounds.

There are several points that can be followed to help prevent a dog attack on an adult or a child. They are as follows:

•A dog should never be disturbed when it is eating, sleeping or caring for its puppies •A dog that is tied up behind a fence or in a car shouldn’t be approached •Never touch a dog without letting him see and sniff you first •You must always ask permission to stroke someone else’s dog, some animals don’t react well to strangers •Never approach a strange dog or a dog without its owner •Never tease a dog by poking it •Never run away from a dog that is chasing you, stop and stand still and calm and back away fromrepparttar 150523 animal without looking into its eyes. Never scream •If a dog attacks it is a good idea to put something between you and him such as a jacket or bag •If a dog attacks you should curl up into a ball and cover your head with your hands

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