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.
Eye Healthy Valentine's Day Recipe
This February, EyeCare America is encouraging those ages 65 and older to go online to www.eyecareamerica.org to see if they qualify for a free eye exam. As part of the campaign, celebrity chefs from around the country have contributed delicious eye-healthy desserts for two — the perfect accompaniment to any romantic Valentine's Day dinner. All recipes are made with foods filled with eye-healthy vitamins and antioxidants, both of which have been proven to help preserve eyesight. The complete cookbook can be downloaded. Here is a taste of what's inside!
Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers Papaya Coconut Parfait
- 1 cup ripe papaya pureed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup coconut flakes, toasted
- ½ cup cream, whipped
Mash papaya with sugar, honey and lemon zest until dissolved. Delicately fold the whipped cream using a spatula. Fill 2 martini glasses, top with toasted coconut. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
EyeCare America will match eligible individuals with an ophthalmologist in their area, who will provide a comprehensive medical eye examination and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Patients without insurance receive care at no charge. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visit the online referral center at www.eyecareamerica.org.