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.
Study urges U.S. Hispanics to Keep an Eye on Diabetes to Avoid Vision Loss
Results from the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES) confirm that diabetes is a top risk factor for vision loss in this ethnic group. LALES and other large studies have found that people who have diabetes are more likely to develop serious and potentially blinding diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma. And Hispanics are more likely to develop diabetes than other groups: for example, Mexican Americans are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have the disease. If current trends continue, Hispanic children born in 2000 will have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing diabetes.
Clearly, preventing diabetes or catching and treating it and any related eye diseases in their early stages would go a long way to improving Hispanics' vision health. The study urges health care systems and providers to focus resources on this issue, especially given that Hispanics are the fastest-growing group in the United States. LALES researchers also recommend that people always be asked about their vision during health checkups, since a self-reported eyesight problem is a strong indicator that vision loss is about to occur. If such patients receive thorough exams and care as needed, the burden of vision loss in US Hispanics could be reduced.