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.
Science fairs are a great way for young students to research a topic of interest and gain valuable knowledge through hands-on experience and experiments. To help students brainstorm, research, and perform fun scientific experiments this spring, the Museum of Vision, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is providing free curriculum guides on a variety of topics.
The Museum of Vision provides educational materials for physicians, teachers, and parents interested in teaching children about the eye and the fascinating science of vision. One of their popular guides, Art and Vision: Seeing in 3D, explores the concepts of vision and special visual techniques that help to create the illusion of depth. It teaches how the brain processes images like optical illusions and 3D and includes sections on size scaling, overlapping, atmospheric perspective, and linear perspective. The first chapter teaches children about the eye's anatomy and how the human visual system works. This guide also includes fun, interactive classroom activities and handouts. It is most suitable for children ages 11 and up, and is offered free of charge.
Also offered are guides that focus on the differences between human and animal vision, and the importance of keeping eyes healthy. These are filled with discussion points and activities to keep children's interest and build knowledge. Each of these guides can also be downloaded for free on the museum's website.