Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Protect Your Sight Every Day
Wear a hat and sunglasses year round to prevent UV damage to your eyes.
Block Eye Allergies
Outside when pollen counts are high? Sunglasses or eyeglasses can help prevent pollen from getting in your eyes.
Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts – quit or avoid smoking to help keep your eyes healthy.
"No Rub" a No Go
To prevent infection, use the "rub and rinse" method to clean your contacts, even with "no rub" solutions.
Don't Look Now
Never look directly at the sun, even when squinting or wearing sunglasses. Doing so can permanently damage your vision.
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.
Know Your Risks, Save Your Sight
Losing your vision affects your ability to work, read, drive, see your children or grandchildren grow and countless other activities. That's why maintaining your eye health is a critical component not just of your overall well-being, but of your daily way of life.
The EyeSmart® public awareness program, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is your trusted source for accurate, timely and relevant eye health information.
EyeSmart educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. Through EyeSmart, we provide the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. We urge everyone to know their risk factors for these health concerns and to understand how ophthalmologists can help prevent, diagnose and treat eye conditions.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, or Eye M.D.s. A key partner is EyeCare America, a public service program from the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, more than 80 state, local and specialty ophthalmology societies provide support.