Archive for: December 16th, 2017

Local News
Front Royal pedestrian struck, killed Friday night
December 16, 2017
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Traffic was redirected for several hours, as Front Royal Police processed the scene of a pedestrian fatality Friday evening at the intersection of Commerce Ave. and South St. / Photo by Norma Jean Shaw

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal Police continue the investigation into a pedestrian fatality that occurred Friday evening around 6:30 p.m.  Calum A. Turner, 27, of Front Royal was struck and killed by a tractor trailer at the intersection of South Street and Commerce Avenue .

Major Kevin Nicewarner said in a media release that Turner was struck by the tractor trailer, which was located a short distance from the scene.  The release states, “The driver has been identified and is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.”

Front Royal Police officers were on the scene for over three hours directing traffic and working the scene; a Front Royal Public Works utility truck blocked off traffic at the entrance of the Royal Plaza shopping center, which allowed first responders to process the incident scene.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Fire and Rescue, and the Front Royal Public Works Department assisted at the scene.

Nicewarner said anyone who witnessed the incident or has any further information is encouraged to contact Officer Josh Noland at (540) 635-2111.

 

Health
Eye floaters are annoying, but usually harmless
December 16, 2017
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Many people, especially as they age, will notice what looks like something faint floating in their field of vision.

WebMD explains that these ‘floaters’ are quite common and they can appear as dots, squiggly lines, webs, and rings.

They develop over time as collagen in the gel-like fluid in the back of the eye clump together and cast shadows on the retina. This fluid is called the vitreous, and it creates these clumps as it shrinks during the aging process. They are not usually dangerous and can come and go over time, but severe cases can be quite frustrating if they affect vision in a meaningful way.

In rare cases, these floaters can be a sign of a more serious condition such as eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, tumors, or injury. Harvard Medical School warns that as the vitreous shrinks it can begin to tug on the retina it is attached to as it pulls away. In some cases, this will tear the retina and can lead to retinal detachment and permanent vision loss. This situation will require immediate medical attention to avoid losing vision, and in most cases, the tear can be treated with either laser or cold therapies.

Treating the floaters themselves is not always a realistic option, and over time, most people seem to notice them less often. For those severe cases, the Mayo Clinic explains that there are two main ways to eliminate eye floaters: lasers and surgery. Using lasers, an ophthamologist can pinpoint specific floaters and try to break them up into less noticeable pieces.

Unfortunately, results with this treatment are mixed, and there is some risk of retina damage. The other option, surgery, involves removing the vitreous entirely and replacing it with a similar fluid to support the eye’s shape. Like the laser treatment, results are mixed, and new floaters can develop later. There are also risks of retinal tears and bleeding.