If you’ve ever run out of contact lens solution and, in a pinch, used water or eyedrops to float the little guys over night, you’re not alone–but you are smarter than many other contact users who, according to an NPR report this morning, admitted to using lemon juice, beer, and butter as solution substitutes. And if you think you’ve been perfect at the care and keeping of your contacts? You’re probably wrong, according to the same report–which found that only a tiny percent of people actually clean and use their contacts correctly, which can prevent infection and even vision loss. Are you one of them? More
If you hated carrots as a kid, you probably got plenty of finger-wagging from various adults, all of whom had the same kernel of truth: you have to eat them, because they’re good for your eyes. But, like most things adults told you when you were a tyke, you probably disregarded it as a mythical mantra, mean to make you miserable.
But it turns out, this one is totally true. More
At the tender age of 14, my sight began to weaken dramatically. At 17, after years of perpetual squinting and being unable to see the board in school, I finally convinced my parents to take me to an optometrist, at which point I was given my first pair of glasses. It would be another 3 years before I entered into the most unpredictable relationship of my life—the wonderful, woeful world of life with contact lenses. More
Did you know that it’s North American Occupational Health and Safety Week? Neither did we, so don’t feel too badly. Even though we don’t happen to work in an inherently dangerous industrial factory, mine, on a construction site, or an oil rig, sometimes going to work can be a real pain. Meaning that, aside from the normal stresses that can surround our daily job, where and how we toil can actually cause serious chronic pain. And because most of us spend an inordinate amount of time at work, we’d prefer it to be a pleasant, rather than painful experience. So how can we avoid developing physical pain in the workplace? (Besides not tripping over that power cord.) For answers, I turned to Charles Friedman, a Florida-based doctor who specializes in pain management issues. (And because it also happens to be Employee Health and Fitness Month and Healthy Vision Month, we think our Q&A with the good doctor is right on time.) More
Eating fish is good for you: That’s no news to us. But now you might be able to add your long-term eye health to the list of excuses to splurge on sushi. A recent study found that women who eat fish at least once a week have are 38% less likely to develop macular degeneration, an age-related eye condition that causes vision loss in the center of the retina (something that affects about 9 million people over the age of 40). More