Eye HealthLifestyle Topics
Opening Champagne Bottles
To open the bottle safely, point it away from yourself and from any bystanders. Read more champagne tips.
Holiday Toy Safety
Avoid buying toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts. Read more toy tips.
Children don't outgrow misaligned eyes. See an ophthalmologist for treatment to preserve your child's good vision.
Preventing Pink Eye
Practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of conjunctivitis. Be sure to wash your hands frequently.
Replace the Case
Contact lens cases should be replaced at least every three months to prevent eye infection.
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.