Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts – quit or avoid smoking to help keep your eyes healthy.
Know Your History
Those with a family history of eye disease are at a greater risk for developing eye diseases or conditions themselves.
Water & Contacts Don’t Mix
To help prevent eye infections, contact lenses should be removed before going swimming or in a hot tub.
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.
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.
Eye Healthy Valentine's Day Recipe
This February, EyeCare America is encouraging those ages 65 and older to go online to www.eyecareamerica.org to see if they qualify for a free eye exam. As part of the campaign, celebrity chefs from around the country have contributed delicious eye-healthy desserts for two — the perfect accompaniment to any romantic Valentine's Day dinner. All recipes are made with foods filled with eye-healthy vitamins and antioxidants, both of which have been proven to help preserve eyesight. The complete cookbook can be downloaded. Here is a taste of what's inside!
Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers Papaya Coconut Parfait
- 1 cup ripe papaya pureed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup coconut flakes, toasted
- ½ cup cream, whipped
Mash papaya with sugar, honey and lemon zest until dissolved. Delicately fold the whipped cream using a spatula. Fill 2 martini glasses, top with toasted coconut. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
EyeCare America will match eligible individuals with an ophthalmologist in their area, who will provide a comprehensive medical eye examination and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Patients without insurance receive care at no charge. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visit the online referral center at www.eyecareamerica.org.