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.
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.