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.
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