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.
Through the Affordable Care Act, parents in the United States can now sign up for health insurance plans that will provide their children with full coverage for childhood comprehensive eye exams and glasses or contact lenses for correcting vision.
Initially, the health care law provided coverage for child vision screenings during well-child visits. However, recent changes to the Act make it easier for families to follow-up on eye problems identified through screenings. The American Academy of Ophthalmology – along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus – recommends that children receive vision screenings at regular intervals.
A vision screening is a quick and simple check of a child's vision, to identify any problems with how their eyes are working. Although a vision screening can be performed by a doctor during an office visit, they are also often performed by other trained healthcare workers at places like schools, health centers and community events.
If, during a vision screening, a child's eyes or vision appear to be weaker or less developed than they should be, they need to be seen by an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screening can identify who may need further tests, but a comprehensive eye exam by an expert will be needed to find the actual cause of the vision problem.