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Can a Healthy Diet or Dietary Supplements Prevent Cataracts?

Identifying dietary factors that might help slow cataract formation would be welcome, but for now, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the evidence is mixed. Here’s a look at the study and advice on what to do until more definitive findings are available.

Are You at Risk for Shingles of the Eye?

If you had chickenpox as a child, you face the risk of developing shingles in adulthood. Most people who develop shingles are 50 and older. Most often, the blistering, painful rash that accompanies shingles initially appears on one side of the torso. But in 10 to 20 percent of people, shingles develops in and around one…

Poor Vision Affects More Than Your Eyes

Have you had an eye exam lately? It’s important not to be short-sighted when it comes to getting your eyes checked. Mounting evidence continues to strongly suggest that impaired vision can have far-reaching consequences for both mental and physical health and has been associated with an array of concerns, such as cognitive decline, depression, and even…

Should You Take Vision Supplements?

Good nutrition is essential to eye health, as it is to the health of all our organs. But should you take dietary supplements claiming to “support,” “protect,” or “promote” eye health in hopes of preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts—or for general eye health?

Can Lowering Cholesterol Reduce Glaucoma Risk?

Another reason to lower your blood cholesterol if it’s elevated: Doing so may reduce your risk of the most common type of glaucoma (open-angle), suggests an observational study in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Styes and Chalazia: How to Recognize and Treat Two Common Eyelid Disorders

Like many other parts of the body, eyelids can become irritated or infected. Here’s how to recognize two common eyelid disorders—styes and chalazia—and what to do if you develop one (or both) of them.

Fixing A Macular Hole

You may have heard of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, the eye disease that can cause loss of central vision as a result of changes to a small area at the center of the retina called the macula. You may not have heard of a less common eye condition that shares similar symptoms with AMD, called…

Four Ways to Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage

The importance of protecting your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays is well known. But It's just as important to protect your eyes and eyelids. Here's what you can do to shield them.

Dry Eyes Linked to Slower Reading Speed

If you have chronic dry eyes, here's another reason to get the problem evaluated and treated if self-help measures aren't sufficient: It can slow reading speed and make prolonged reading difficult, according to a recent study in Optometry and Vision Science.

Vision Impairment May Boost Risk of Cognitive Decline

Older people with visual impairment have an elevated risk of cognitive decline, according to a studyreported in 2018 inJAMA Ophthalmology.