Categories Eye Care, Germs, Vision Care

Germs and Our Eyes

A habit of rubbing your eyes could come back to bite you.

We do that sort of thing without really thinking about it in moments when we’re tired, when we get something stuck in one eye, or when our eyes feel dry or itchy. It’s an attempt to alleviate the problem, but in reality we could be creating a bigger one, because every time we touch our eyes, we introduce the germs from our fingers (and everything we’ve touched since the last time we washed them) into a sensitive part of our bodies.

Categories Eye Care, Smoking
Smoking Puts Eye Health at Risk

Smoking Puts Eye Health at Risk

Smoking damages the entire body, and the eyes are no exception.

The main health risk that tends to come to mind with a smoking habit is lung cancer, perhaps followed by oral health problems, but it doesn’t merely harm the parts of the body that come into direct contact with the smoke. Studies show that there is a significant increase in the risk of eye diseases from cataracts to diabetic retinopathy to glaucoma to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Categories Eye Care

Caring for Our Eye Health As We Age

Our eyesight, among many other things, tends to change as we get older.

For any serious changes, it’s critical to get an early diagnosis. Many sight-threatening conditions that are associated with advancing age are combatted best by being discovered in the early stages. That’s the biggest we encourage more frequent eye exams for older patients, but our eyesight also changes in more benign ways as we get older, and those can be quite an adjustment too.