Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
"No Rub" a No Go
To prevent infection, use the "rub and rinse" method to clean your contacts, even with "no rub" solutions.
Eye Protection at Home
Every household should have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear for risky activities.
Blood Sugar and Eye Exams
Control your blood sugar for several days before a routine eye exam to ensure you get a proper prescription for eyeglasses.
Tell Your MDs All Your Rx
If you have glaucoma, tell your Eye MD all medications you take, and tell your other doctors about your glaucoma medication.
Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma
Research shows that those with sleep apnea are more likely to develop glaucoma. Get treated to save your sight.
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.
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.