Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Avoid Indoor Tanning
Studies show UV exposure from tanning beds can cause eye damage and skin cancer. Not the look you're going for.
Eyelash Extension Dangers
The adhesives used with eyelash extensions can cause swelling, infection and permanent loss of your eyelashes.
Hold the Rib Eye
Don’t put raw meat on a black eye because the bacteria can cause infection. Use a bag of ice or frozen vegetables instead.
High Tech for Low Vision
Today's smartphones, e-readers and tablets offer features that can supplement or replace dedicated low vision tools and devices.
Kids & the Great Outdoors
There is growing evidence that spending more time outdoors may lower the risk of nearsightedness.
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.