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.
Through the Affordable Care Act, parents in the United States can now sign up for health insurance plans that will provide their children with full coverage for childhood comprehensive eye exams and glasses or contact lenses for correcting vision.
Initially, the health care law provided coverage for child vision screenings during well-child visits. However, recent changes to the Act make it easier for families to follow-up on eye problems identified through screenings. The American Academy of Ophthalmology – along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus – recommends that children receive vision screenings at regular intervals.
A vision screening is a quick and simple check of a child's vision, to identify any problems with how their eyes are working. Although a vision screening can be performed by a doctor during an office visit, they are also often performed by other trained healthcare workers at places like schools, health centers and community events.
If, during a vision screening, a child's eyes or vision appear to be weaker or less developed than they should be, they need to be seen by an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screening can identify who may need further tests, but a comprehensive eye exam by an expert will be needed to find the actual cause of the vision problem.