Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
"No Rub" a No Go
To prevent infection, use the "rub and rinse" method to clean your contacts, even with "no rub" solutions.
Eye Protection at Home
Every household should have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear for risky activities.
Blood Sugar and Eye Exams
Control your blood sugar for several days before a routine eye exam to ensure you get a proper prescription for eyeglasses.
Tell Your MDs All Your Rx
If you have glaucoma, tell your Eye MD all medications you take, and tell your other doctors about your glaucoma medication.
Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma
Research shows that those with sleep apnea are more likely to develop glaucoma. Get treated to save your sight.
What Is an Ophthalmologist?
Are You Fit at 40?
A baseline eye exam is recommended at age 40, when the signs of disease and changes 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.