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.
Eyes may change somewhat during pregnancy due to fluid retention, increased blood volume, hormonal fluctuations and other physical shifts that are part of pregnancy. Usually these changes are temporary and resolve after the baby is born, or after weaning a breast-fed child. Vision changes tend to be minor and don’t require a new eyeglass prescription. LASIK surgery should not be done when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding.
What to Look For
A condition known as dry eye may result from hormonal fluctuations. Talk to your Eye M.D. about lubricating drops and other treatments that are safe during pregnancy. Wearing contact lenses may be less comfortable when dry eye is present. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EFA), such as salmon, flax seeds and walnuts, may help resolve dry eye and also supports general good health.
If vision becomes very blurry, it may signal high blood pressure or pregnancy-related diabetes. Contact your doctor right away.