Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Water & Contacts Don’t Mix
To help prevent eye infections, contact lenses should be removed before going swimming or in a hot tub.
Jumping a Battery
Take precautions to prevent eye injury. Never lean over the battery and always wear safety goggles.
Eye Protection Works
Wearing the proper protective eyewear for sports and other activities can help prevent 90% of eye injuries.
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.
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.
Parents are often mystified by the cause of their children's headaches. A common assumption is that headaches might be related to poor vision, indicating a need for eyeglasses. But a study says otherwise. Research indicates that even when children's headaches strike during visual tasks like homework, vision or eye problems are rarely the cause of kids' headaches.
The study was conducted by pediatric ophthalmologists at Albany Medical Center in New York State to help provide more reliable answers for parents, family doctors and pediatricians who face this common health question. The researchers reviewed medical records of children under age 18 who were seen at the clinic for frequent headaches between 2002-2011. All of the children received complete eye exams by the clinic's ophthalmologists — eye medical doctors.
The findings showed that there was no significant correlation between children's frequent headaches and a need for vision correction. Follow up reports from parents showed that headaches improved for three-quarters of the children, and headaches were equally likely to improve regardless of whether they received a new prescription for vision correction.
"We hope our study will reassure parents that in most cases, their children's headaches are not related to vision or eye problems, and that most headaches will clear up in time," said Zachary Roth, MD, an ophthalmologist who led the research team.
Good vision and eye health are key to children's ability to do well in the classroom and be safe on the playground. Keep kids' eyes healthy by following the American Academy of Ophthalmology's guidelines for children's vision screening and learning about common children's eye problems. If your child has vision or eye health problems, find an Eye M.D. in your area who can help.
Edited by David Turbert on Aug. 1, 2014