Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Avoid Indoor Tanning
Studies show UV exposure from tanning beds can cause eye damage and skin cancer. Not the look you're going for.
Eyelash Extension Dangers
The adhesives used with eyelash extensions can cause swelling, infection and permanent loss of your eyelashes.
Hold the Rib Eye
Don’t put raw meat on a black eye because the bacteria can cause infection. Use a bag of ice or frozen vegetables instead.
High Tech for Low Vision
Today's smartphones, e-readers and tablets offer features that can supplement or replace dedicated low vision tools and devices.
Kids & the Great Outdoors
There is growing evidence that spending more time outdoors may lower the risk of nearsightedness.
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.
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.