Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Water & Contacts Don’t Mix
To help prevent eye infections, contact lenses should be removed before going swimming or in a hot tub.
Jumping a Battery
Take precautions to prevent eye injury. Never lean over the battery and always wear safety goggles.
Eye Protection Works
Wearing the proper protective eyewear for sports and other activities can help prevent 90% of eye injuries.
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.
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.
Changes in infants' eye contact could provide the first sign of autism, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Nature. Researchers used eye tracking to study children from birth through age 3. They found that those eventually diagnosed with autism had shown changes in eye contact between 2 and 6 months of age.
Usually babies pay increasing attention to other people's eyes as they get older. However, the study found that babies later diagnosed with autism showed less eye contact as they developed. Researchers at the Marcus Autism Center compared a group of children with low autism risk to those with high risk.
In the center's press release, the researchers stressed that "what they observed would not be visible to the naked eye, but requires specialized technology and repeated measurements of a child's development over the course of months."
What does this mean?
Scientists routinely evaluate a study's merits partly based on the number of people studied. Larger studies are usually better. In this case, only 110 children were followed, but The New York Times said other experts are lauding the study's "careful and repeated measurements."
Other researchers will now need to do further research building on the Nature study.
What can parents do?
There are no specific recommendations for parents at this point, in response to these new findings. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus recommend regular screenings for children, beginning at birth to identify any eye health concerns as early as possible.