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.
Hard-to-please recipients can make gift buying a daunting experience, before you even get to the mall. This year, why not buy at least one gift that helps protect a loved one's sight? Despite the practicality, you might be surprised by the squeals some of the items on our EyeSmart holiday gift guide produce.
For the skier
Along with new blades or snow gear, give your winter athlete a pair of sunglasses or goggles with UV protection. Sun exposure in any season can increase the risk of cataracts and other eye diseases and conditions. UV exposure can increase at high altitudes, but one study found that skiers and snowboarders tend to be less mindful of protecting their eyes.
For the athlete
If you're buying that active loved one a new tennis racket or basketball, slip a pair of protective eyewear in his or her stocking. Many sports, including hockey, paintball and racket sports, carry a high risk of eye injury. With proper protection, though, most of those eye injuries can be prevented.
For the cook
This might be the sneakiest EyeSmart gift of all, but why not buy the chef on your list a subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture) box? These regular produce deliveries usually include lots of the fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins good for the eye. For optimum eye health, choose a produce mix that includes dark, leafy vegetables and citrus.
For the person with low vision
For people with irreversible vision loss, a digital tablet can provide a more comfortable way to read. A recent study showed that tablets like the iPad provide a more comfortable, customizable reading experience for people with low vision.
For the makeup artist
Shopping for a beauty addict? Get her a gift certificate for new eye makeup and tuck in these tips for using eye makeup safely. Eye makeup should be replaced every three months or so, as bacteria can grow quickly in creamy products like liner or mascara.