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.
Keep Your Eyes Safe and Beautiful
Eye injuries and infections from using makeup improperly happen all too often. Department store and drugstore makeup aisles are filled with a tempting array of makeup colors and products for the eyes. But knowing how to apply and remove eye makeup properly will not only make your eyes beautiful, like those of the models on the runway, but will protect your vision as well. We want to remind the public to use eye makeup safely when creating those amazing looks.
Remember that makeup expires. Eye makeup should be thrown away three months after it is purchased but immediately if you develop an eye infection when you are using it.
If you have a history of being sensitive to new products, try introducing only one product at a time. If there is no reaction, add another new product. Adding too many products at once makes it difficult to pinpoint which one is causing the reaction. If you notice that you are sensitive to a specific product, find out what the ingredients are and bring that to your doctor's attention.
When applying makeup, be sure your face and eyelids are very clean before you begin. To prevent poking yourself in the eye with an applicator, never apply makeup while you are in a moving vehicle.
If you tend to have dry eyes, makeup that flakes and gets into the tear film can increase irritation. If particles get between the contact lens and corneal surface, they can scratch the cornea and may lead to infection. Occasionally a corneal abrasion can become infected, leading to a potentially blinding corneal ulcer.
At night, remove all eye makeup, especially mascara that can stick to the lashes. Use a clean cotton swab to brush along the base of the eyelashes to get the last resistant debris of eye makeup off. If you use an eye makeup remover, be sure not to get any in your eye. When you are done, rinse the remover off your eyelids completely to avoid possible irritation of the eye or lids.