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August is National Eye Health and Safety Month

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Retinoblastoma is a cancer that affects about 300 children in this country every year.  The cure rate is more than 90 percent; if it's found early in the eye. That's where parents can make a difference because often, a clue to that cancer can be seen in the pictures you take of your children.

Texas Tech Opthalmologist, Dr. Dan Good, said "when a photographs taken a flash goes off, and the reason you get a red eye is a reflex off the back of the eye -the retina is red and that's what makes a red eye. If there is any opacity, say a cataract or if there is possible a tumor in the back of the eye, when you look at a photograph, one eye will be red and one eye wouldn't be red."

August is National Eye Health and Safety Month. A good time to get vision checks before school starts.

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