Eye News Weekly Roundup 10

Allergies or Dry Eyes? If you’re like me, spring allergies are already wreaking havoc with your head. However, your irritated eyes might not be a result of allergies after all. Check out this article on the differences between allergies and dry eye syndrome, a condition that afflicts 60 percent of the U.S. population over 50.

Eye Development in Infants: Did you know that amblyopia, a medical condition which shows no early symptoms and which can eventually lead to “lazy eye,” can only be treated before the age of seven? Luckily, there’s InfantSee, a public health program that offers free eye exams for infants so that these problems can be caught early and successfully treated – plus, they offer useful information about the development of your child’s eyes and what you should expect to see as he grows.

Macular Degeneration: On the other side of the age spectrum, there’s macular degeneration, the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in older adults. This article from WebMd describes what you can do to prevent this from happening to you. Two tips? Stop smoking and wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays.

Add This One to the List of Eye Myths: Do you remember ever staying up late with a flashlight, reading under the covers? Well, here’s some good news: just as sitting too close to the television doesn’t hurt your eyes, reading in dim light has no long term effects on your vision. Read on!

Worried about Health Care? Finally, while this article is not entirely eye-care based, health care reform could have an effect on your vision insurance. Check out the top seven health care fears and whether or not they are actually valid.

Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.readers.com/blog/meet-the-editors/ Haley

    I used to read by night light too, and my grandma yelled at me every time! I’m going to print this out and give it to her :oP Yay, delayed vindication.

  • http://www.readers.com/blog/meet-the-editors/ Bridget

    Ah ha! I knew that reading my Teen Bop by (a bright) night light wasn’t making me blind (in a physical sense), like my father used to maintain.