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.
Family Reunions Are a Great Time to Find Out Your Family History of Eye Disease
Having a family history of eye disease can put you at a higher risk for developing one yourself. But, do you know if anyone in your family has ever had an eye disease? Family reunions are a great time to find out.
Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye diseases can be genetic. For example, having a family member with glaucoma makes you four to nine times more likely to be struck with the disease, which can cause blindness if left untreated. So, it's important to know your family history and share that information with your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.). During family reunions, ask your relatives, "Does anyone in our family have glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts? What about other eye diseases?" Be sure to tell your family members if you have an eye disease.
If you do have a family history of eye disease, it's a good idea to schedule an eye exam. Talk to your ophthalmologist about your family's history of eye disease. And don't be tempted to undergo genetic testing for eye disease until you have discussed it with your Eye M.D. That way, you and your doctor can take the appropriate preventive steps to minimize your risk and save your sight.
If you are age 65 and older or have a family history of glaucoma, you might even qualify for a free eye exam through EyeCare America. To see if you or a loved one is eligible, visit the online referral center.