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 and vision system development are complete by the time people reach their early 20s and normally remain steady for several decades afterward. Vision correction prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses change only slightly or not at all. As a teenager, your vision may have begun to stabilize; still, if you wear contact lenses, see your eye specialist yearly to make sure your prescription is still right for you. Whenever a problem is suspected, your eyes should be screened for visual acuity and alignment by a pediatrician, family doctor, optometrist, orthoptist or person trained in vision assessment of school-aged children, such as a school nurse. If an alignment problem or other eye health issues is suspected, you should have a comprehensive exam by an Eye M.D.
If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, you need to have regular eye exams and work with your doctors to control weight and blood sugar as well as blood pressure and cholesterol.