Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Smoking and AMD
Smoking increases the risk of developing macular degeneration—quit smoking to help keep your eyes healthy.
Wait on Cataract Surgery?
An eyeglass prescription change may be all you need to improve your vision with early-stage cataracts.
Protect your sight every day
Wear a hat and sunglasses year round to prevent UV damage to your eyes.
Cozy Home Causing Dry Eye?
In winter, when indoor heating is in use, a humidifier or a pan of water on the radiator adds moisture to dry air.
Block Eye Allergies
Outside when pollen counts are high? Sunglasses or eyeglasses can help prevent pollen from getting in your eyes.
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.
Isaiah Austin’s diagnosis of Marfan syndrome appears to have ended his prospects for a career in professional basketball, and will have lifelong effects on his health. The syndrome, which can affect connective tissue throughout the body, often first exhibits symptoms in the eyes.
Marfan syndrome: a rare genetic disorder
While a person must be born with Marfan syndrome, its symptoms often develop and are diagnosed later in life. Austin, formerly a center for Baylor University, had already overcome losing the sight in his right eye several years ago when he had a retinal detachment that couldn't be surgically corrected. While his previous retinal detachment has not been specifically linked to Marfan syndrome, this and other eye problems are common symptoms of the disorder.
Learn about Marfan syndrome health and research.
Many diseases and conditions that affect the eyes have a genetic component or pre-disposition based on family history. The American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages all families to talk openly and often about any health conditions they have.
There is no replacement for the experience and expertise of your ophthalmologist – an Eye M.D. If you have questions or concerns about your eye health, talk to your doctor.
Written by Dan Gudgel on June 24, 2014