Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts – quit or avoid smoking to help keep your eyes healthy.
Know Your History
Those with a family history of eye disease are at a greater risk for developing eye diseases or conditions themselves.
Water & Contacts Don’t Mix
To help prevent eye infections, contact lenses should be removed before going swimming or in a hot tub.
It's Not OK to Skip a Day
To control glaucoma, take eye drops exactly as prescribed by your ophthalmologist—your sight depends on it.
Give your Eyes a Break
To prevent computer eyestrain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Know Your Eye Care Team
Make sure you are seeing the right eye care provider for your condition or treatment.
Are You Fit at 40?
A baseline eye exam is recommended at age 40, when the signs of disease and change in vision may start to occur.
Caffeine Use May Be the Key to Relief for Millions of Dry Eye Sufferers
Caffeine can increase tear production and may someday be a treatment for dry eye syndrome, a new study shows. All of the participants in this small study produced more tears after taking caffeine than after taking a placebo. It's estimated that caffeine affects about half of all people, though this varies by ethnic group. An earlier study showed that only about 13 percent of caffeine users had dry eye, compared to 17 percent of non-users.
About five percent of the U.S. population has dry eye syndrome. It's more common in women and after age 50. Dry eye sufferers are not able to maintain the healthy layer of tears needed to keep the eye moist and make good vision possible. Their eyes can sting and burn. In some people dry eye escalates into a vision-damaging disease.
It's important to see an ophthalmologist if dry eye symptoms continue. Dry eye treatment options range from simple warm compresses, eye washes and artificial tears to medications and tear drainage devices. Much more research on the caffeine-tear production connection is needed before doctors will know how to best use it to treat dry eye.