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.
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.