Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Smoking and AMD
Smoking increases the risk of developing macular degeneration—quit smoking to help keep your eyes healthy.
Wait on Cataract Surgery?
An eyeglass prescription change may be all you need to improve your vision with early-stage cataracts.
Protect your sight every day
Wear a hat and sunglasses year round to prevent UV damage to your eyes.
Cozy Home Causing Dry Eye?
In winter, when indoor heating is in use, a humidifier or a pan of water on the radiator adds moisture to dry air.
Block Eye Allergies
Outside when pollen counts are high? Sunglasses or eyeglasses can help prevent pollen from getting in your eyes.
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.
Family Reunions Are a Great Time to Find Out Your Family History of Eye Disease
Having a family history of eye disease can put you at a higher risk for developing one yourself. But, do you know if anyone in your family has ever had an eye disease? Family reunions are a great time to find out.
Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye diseases can be genetic. For example, having a family member with glaucoma makes you four to nine times more likely to be struck with the disease, which can cause blindness if left untreated. So, it's important to know your family history and share that information with your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.). During family reunions, ask your relatives, "Does anyone in our family have glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts? What about other eye diseases?" Be sure to tell your family members if you have an eye disease.
If you do have a family history of eye disease, it's a good idea to schedule an eye exam. Talk to your ophthalmologist about your family's history of eye disease. And don't be tempted to undergo genetic testing for eye disease until you have discussed it with your Eye M.D. That way, you and your doctor can take the appropriate preventive steps to minimize your risk and save your sight.
If you are age 65 and older or have a family history of glaucoma, you might even qualify for a free eye exam through EyeCare America. To see if you or a loved one is eligible, visit the online referral center.