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.
On-the-Field Vision Test Helps Diagnose Concussions in Athletes
About 3.8 million American athletes sustain sports-related concussions each year, so a quick, reliable screening test done on the sidelines could help keep injured athletes from returning to play too soon.
A new test of players' vision may provide just that. Researchers created a new vision test that can be done on the sidelines just after an athlete sustains a strong hit to the head. The test can accurately detect a concussion, say researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. In this study, college athletes were asked to read a series of printed numbers, and their responses were scored for accuracy and time to completion. Concussions were later confirmed in players who scored an average of 5.9 seconds slower (worse) than the best scores of healthy athletes who served as controls.
Off the field, the test could help physicians more effectively diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients with concussions. It could be used in football, hockey, soccer, boxing, martial arts and other high-impact sports.
Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI); if a patient doesn't allow time to fully recover from a concussion, he or she can suffer long-term damage that can affect vision, thinking, coordination and other key functions. The researchers plan to assess the test's effectiveness in a variety of sports and for different player positions. If it proves widely reliable, the test could become the go-to option in the toolbox of sideline tests for concussion.