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 = Dry Eye?
This fall and winter, when indoor heating is in use, a humidifier or a pan of water on the radiator adds moisture to dry air.
Shield Your Eyes From Allergies?
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.
San Francisco as it had never been seen before
On April 18, 1906, at 5:12 AM, San Francisco was struck by a major earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.7 to 7.9 on the Richter scale. People felt it as far north as the Oregon border, south beyond Los Angeles and east into Nevada. After the earthquake came three days of fire which left much of the city razed to the ground.
In the months after the “Great Disaster,” amateur and professional photographers flocked to document the ruin of San Francisco. Among them was W.S. Smith with his special stereographic camera.
First introduced in the 1830s, stereographs consist of a pair of nearly identical images mounted on cardboard. When the cards are placed in a stereoscope device, the viewer sees a single 3-D image. Human eyes are approximately two inches apart, which means that each eye sees a slightly different view of the world. Our brains put the images together (fusion) which creates the perception of depth, also known as seeing in three dimensions (3-D). Some people think 3-D images are more lifelike and give a sense of “being part of” the scene portrayed.
Between 1850 and 1930, an estimated 10,000 photographers around the world were taking stereo photographs. Boxed sets of cards and scopes were sold widely for home use. Popular stereograph subjects included travel destinations, natural wonders, World’s Fairs, wars and disasters such as the 1906 earthquake.
Visit the Museum of Vision for more information about the role of vision in history.