Posts Tagged ‘eye health’

Is It Safe to Wear Contacts That Dried Out?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Our article on the danger of wearing contacts too long has always been one of our most popular. People flock to it online. So this week, we add a companion piece: “How to Save Dry Contacts: 3 Contact-Lens FAQs.”

Have you ever wondered whether it’s safe to wear lenses that have dried out in the case? Ophthalmologist M. Bowes Hamill says it should be just fine. Just rehydrate and clean them. But if they’re parched while on your eyeballs, stay away from regular artificial tears, he says. Learn more in this quick Q&A session with two experts.  And there’s a bonus question: Can  wearing an old glasses prescription hurt your eyes?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer.

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When Sleep Gets in Your Eyes: 8 Fascinating Q&As About Your Peepers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

They’re the windows to our souls, the windows to our worlds—beautiful, expressive, telling. And every time they catch a glimpse of the sun, we’re convinced we’re on the road to blindness. Or maybe that’s just me.

We at My Family Doctor approached a few eye-health professionals to clear up a few things, see? (Groan.) Things like:

  • What causes sleep in my eyes?
  • Why are my dry eyes watery?
  • Will looking at the sun for just a second really hurt my eyes?
  • Why don’t people get triple vision?
  • Why do onions make my eyes water?

Check out the answers here: “What Causes Sleep in Your Eyes? 8 Eye-Health Questions.”

When you’re done, check back and let us know the most interesting fact you learned, won’tchya?

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B vitamins prevent macular degeneration: Logic fails, then succeeds for leading cause of blindness

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

A new JAMA study is very interesting for two reasons.  It gives us hope for preventing a leading cause of blindness in the U.S.  But it’s also a great example of why, while the popular “association” studies give us valuable information, they never prove causation. You need more-focused studies for that.

First, the great news: (more…)

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