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Eye Injury Prevention Month at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine

10-11-2011 08:44 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Eyecare Medical Group

/ PR Agency: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.
Eye Injury Prevention Month at Eyecare Medical Group

Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine wishes to announce that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated October as Eye Injury Prevention Month. When most people go out to mow the lawn, jump-start the car or get ready to do some spring cleaning, the last thing they think about is protecting their eyes, but it should be first on their mind. "More than one million people suffer from eye injuries each year," said Jordan Sterrer, M.D., comprehensive ophthalmologist at Eyecare Medical Group. "But 90 percent of these eye injuries could have been prevented if the individual was wearing appropriate protective eyewear that meets the “ANSI Z87.1” standards and is marked on the lens or frame.”

Many household chemicals, such as cleaning fluids, detergents and ammonia, are extremely hazardous and can burn the eye's delicate tissues. When using chemicals, always read instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure spray nozzles point away from you and others before spraying. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after use.

“We are fortunate to have Ravi Shah, M.D. at Eyecare Medical Group, who is a fellowship trained corneal specialist and experienced in the most advanced techniques and treatment options for these types of injuries,” said Clement Berry, Chief Executive Officer of Eyecare Medical Group.

"I like to remind people to keep a pair of goggles in the trunk for when they need to jump-start their car," said Dr. Shah. "Battery acid sparks and debris flying from car batteries can severely damage the eyes." Before using a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger, check for debris. Stones, twigs and other items can become dangerous projectiles shooting from the blades of a lawnmower, potentially injuring your eyes or those of innocent bystanders.

“Prevention is the first and most important step in avoiding serious eye injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear,” reiterated Dr. Sterrer.

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

Eyecare Medical Group is a Maine Ophthalmology practice staffed by a team of eye care specialists including Board Certified Fellowship trained Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and Intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

To learn more about Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine you may visit or to learn more about LASIK in Maine you may visit, Eyecare Medical Group is a founding member of the LASIK Eye Surgery Patient Information and LASIK Surgeon Directory at and the Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) and Cataract Surgeon Directory at

For additional information, contact:
Gretel Taska, Eyecare Medical Group
53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102, 1.888.374.2020
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