When should you be tested for glaucoma? How often should you change contact lenses or prescription glasses? How do you keep your eyes in the best of health? Find out here.
9:00 AM EDT, April 12, 2013
Determining what someone else is looking at -- and whether he or she is looking at you -- is one of humankind's most distinctive feats of mental agility. Even a baby human can wrest more information about another person's intentions by looking at the direction of his gaze than an adult chimpanzee ever will. Our canine friends are better at it than wolves, but still no better at this skill than an infant.
4:36 PM EST, February 12, 2013
Screening one- and two-year-olds for lazy eye can reliably detect children at risk for vision problems, a new study suggests.
4:45 PM EST, February 11, 2013
For nearsighted children in Denmark, vision deteriorated faster when days were shortest and more slowly during the summer months, according to a new study looking into whether daylight may slow kids' vision loss.
4:43 PM EST, December 13, 2012
Older adults' eyesight may suffer irreversibly if they don't have vision insurance, suggests a new study that argues eye health should be a mandatory part of regular health insurance policies.
4:09 PM EST, December 11, 2012
Vision loss likely related to diabetes increased by 20 percent over less than a decade in the U.S., according to a new study.
December 5, 2012
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at Los Angeles recently created a light-sensitive molecule that they say could help restore vision lost in degenerative eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, and reduce epileptic seizures.
10:45 AM EDT, October 17, 2012
More than one-quarter of people who've had an eyelid lift report symptoms of dry eye such as excessive watering and irritation, a new study suggests.
4:06 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Contrary to some past research, a new study finds that elderly adults who have cataract surgery could face an increased risk of falls and fractures in the next year - at least if they have only one eye done.
August 1, 2012
After learning she needed cataract surgery for her weakening eyesight, Merle Gordon decided to wait a few months until her ophthalmologist could offer laser surgery with more precision.
4:54 PM EDT, July 17, 2012
The risk of a person's retina detaching after having a cataract removed is dropping, says a new study.
4:53 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
Sending patient images to ophthalmologists via smartphone may be an option for emergency room doctors looking to make a quick eye-related diagnosis, a new study suggests.
7:44 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
Light at night is bad for your health, and exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient light bulbs may be especially so.
8:01 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Even if you are reading this without glasses, it's not too early to start taking your eye vitamins. Some nutrients can stave off the burdensome vision loss and eye disease that occur as we age, mounting research suggests.
8:03 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Q: Is it true that I can't have cataract surgery because I once had Lasik? I'm only 57 and am worried about losing my eyesight.
3:44 PM EDT, May 6, 2012
When Tamika Morgan developed red irritated eyes in the fall of 2010, she wasted no time heading to an optometrist at a local retail store who gave her drops for pink eye.
8:16 AM EDT, May 3, 2012
Taking vitamins E and C may do nothing to protect aging eyes from macular degeneration — the leading cause of vision loss in older adults, a new clinical trial finds.
5:31 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Screening middle-aged African Americans for glaucoma may prevent some from losing their vision, but the benefits are modest and costly, suggests a new study.
March 7, 2012
Peter Miller was a high-powered businessman who owned several electronic security firms when he was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration in 1999.
2:12 PM EST, February 22, 2012
Armed with a prescription and some patience, consumers can save hundreds of dollars — and maybe some time — by buying eyeglasses online.
2:08 PM EST, February 8, 2012
When people come to the Reisterstown office of Drs. Eickhoff & Rowe for eye exams, the optometrists do more than simply ask which line of letters they can read on the eye chart.
November 28, 2011
We rarely stop to think about it, but reading is an amazing accomplishment. It turns markings on a page or a screen into coherent thoughts. It's a complicated process: The eyes see a procession of letters, and the brain turns them into words.
12:48 PM EST, November 16, 2011
Blepharitis, usually identified by a sufferer's red, irritated eyelids, is becoming more common. And while doctors aren't sure why, it can be controlled with vigilance, according to Dr. Laura K. Green, residency program director of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at the Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She said there are some simple things sufferers can do at home, such as keeping the eyelids clean, that can help ease the irritation.
October 12, 2011
For Halloween revelers, turning their eyes from blue to otherworldly with over-the-counter, decorative contact lenses may enhance holiday fun, but health experts warn these devices can lead to serious vision-threatening problems.
3:45 PM EDT, September 14, 2011
While seniors have a monopoly on bad eyesight, children also suffer poor vision: 21 percent of preschoolers are farsighted, 4 percent are nearsighted and 10 percent have astigmatism, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded study released in August.
August 31, 2011
An upcoming clinical trial could help show if a test kit for a common eye ailment will save consumers money and reduce faulty diagnoses, health experts say.
April 27, 2011
The thought of forgoing reading because of her rapidly deteriorating eyesight terrified Joan Retzlaff after suffering complications from her wet macular degeneration.
April 5, 2011
Some 30,000 Chicago Public Schools students will learn about eye health in a pilot program aimed to get children and their parents to take vision more seriously.
September 24, 2010
Cataracts, a clouding of the eye's lens that blocks vision, are common in people 65 and older. But although age is a major risk factor, you may be able to slow the process. Some tips:
May 28, 2010
As people age, the senses through which they come to know the world often deteriorate, altering what they can see and hear.
August 25, 2009
Few 40-year-olds' to-do lists include "Be proactive about not going blind," so you might have to play catch-up. Age 40 really is the time to start protecting your eyes against serious diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, neither of which has symptoms in the early stages. (That's in contrast to the loss of close-focus vision that forces 45-year-olds into bifocals but doesn't threaten blindness.) "Patients may go to the drugstore and get these over-the-counter reading glasses and think, 'Hey, I've fixed my eyes,' " says Andrew Iwach, an ophthalmologist who is executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. "Yet they may be unaware that they can be silently losing vision."
August 11, 2009
It's been a little over a year since Joseph Schnell, an elevator construction worker from Philadelphia, had LASIK eye surgery to correct his nearsighted vision. Rather than becoming clearer and sharper, though, Schnell's vision soon was plagued by near-constant glare, halos, starbursts, and double images. The results, he says, have affected his mood--he became depressed shortly after--and he rarely sleeps through the night because of eye pain.