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Get Your Child’s Vision Checked

Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s development. Schedule an eye exam for your child and learn how to protect and help develop your child’s vision.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Your Eyes Tested

Have your eyes tested every 2 years. Older adults and people with diabetes need to get eye exams more often.

Review Date: April 29, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Eye Exam

A complete eye exam involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Learn why and when eye tests are done and what to expect during your visit.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Adult Vision Screening

Half of all blindness can be prevented. A vision screening does not replace an eye doctor's exam, but it can help identify people who are at risk for eye disease.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Aging and Your Eyes

Age can bring changes that affect your eyesight. But regular eye exams can help. With early detection, many eye problems can be treated and your risk of vision loss reduced.

Review Date: May 02, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Apply for an Eyeglass Voucher

If you need eyeglasses, cannot afford them and do not have insurance that pays for glasses, you may submit an application to New Eyes' voucher program to your social worker or caseworker.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

New Eyes for the Needy, Inc.

Checklist for Your Eye Doctor Appointment

This page contains a helpful checklist that you can use before and during your eye examination.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Computer Eye Strain

There are very few individuals who don’t spend a couple of hours a day on the computer. Intense computer viewing may result in computer vision syndrome (CVS). Find tips on how you can reduce eye strain.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

Lighthouse International

Computer Use and Eye Strain

Staring at your computer screen, smartphone, video game or other digital devices for long periods won’t cause permanent eye damage, but your eyes may feel dry and tired. Find tips on how to reduce eyestrain.

Review Date: July 30, 2011

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Computers and Your Eyes

You can help prevent eyestrain by making changes to your computer workspace and by visiting your eye doctor. Here are a few suggestions on how to make your workspace more comfortable.

Review Date: February 28, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Diagram of the Eye

Use this diagram to explore the parts of the human eye.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Dry Eye: American Optometric Association

Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Optometric Association

Eye Health: Prevention

Many people believe that vision loss is a normal part of aging. But it doesn't have to be so. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of vision loss.

Review Date: March 18, 2011

Lighthouse International

Eye Makeup

Read these tips to keep your eyes healthy as well as beautiful.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Eye Safety at Home

Find out ways to prevent eye injuries in your home.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

EyeCare America

EyeCare America provides eye exams and up to one year of care to US citizens and legal residents through volunteer ophthalmologists (EyeMDs) often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify. .

Review Date: December 07, 2012

American Academy of Ophthalmology

EyeCare America: Medication Assistance

Use this online resource of pharmaceutical assistance programs to help obtain ophthalmic drug assistance for patients in need.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

American Academy of Ophthalmology

EyeSmart™ - Know Your Risks, Save Your Sight

Take charge of your eye health! Learn about risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of eye conditions and what you can do to keep your eyes healthy.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Facts About Dry Eye

Dry eye can cause inflammation of the surface of the eye that can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea. Learn what you can do to prevent and relieve the symptoms of dry eye.

Review Date: May 22, 2012

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Financial Aid for Eye Care

Find a listing of state and national resources that regularly provide financial aid to people with vision problems.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Find a Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Find a pediatric ophthalmologist by state, city, or last name, who provides medical and surgical eye care for children with eye conditions, such as strabismus.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Find an Ophthalmologist

Search this directory to locate an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.), a medical doctor who is specialized in eye and vision care. Find tips on selecting the right eye care provider.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Finding an Eye Care Professional

If you are looking for an eye care professional, consider these tips from the National Eye Institute.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

Health Effects of Overexposure to the Sun

This article provides a quick overview of the major health problems linked to overexposure to UV radiation. Understanding these risks and taking a few sensible precautions will help you enjoy the sun while lowering your chances of sun-related health problems.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Helpful Tips for Your Child's Eye Doctor Visit

Make the most of your child's trip to the eye doctor by following these tips.

Review Date: March 01, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Home Eye Tests for Children

Vision problems that are left undetected and untreated may lead to vision loss and in some cases blindness. Early detection is the key to minimizing vision loss. Prevent Blindness America offers home eye tests for children of various ages.

Review Date: February 04, 2011

Prevent Blindness America

InfantSEE™ Program

Under the InfantSEE program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance. Use the InfantSEE doctor locator to find a provider near you.

Review Date: March 24, 2013

American Optometric Association

Latisse: What You Should Know

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of a prescription drug, Latisse to help lengthen, thicken and darken eyelashes. Learn more about Latisse before you consider using it.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Nutrition and Eye Health

Scientists believe that some age-related eye diseases may be slowed by vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables, or taken in supplement form. Read more about it here.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

Lighthouse International

Pink Eye: Usually Mild and Easy to Treat

Pink, itchy eyes? Conjunctivitis – or pink eye – is common in adults and children. It spreads quickly and sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the symptoms, get treatment if needed, and prevent its spread.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing Eye Injuries

Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Protect Your Vision All Year Round

Learn how nutrition, exercise, and wearing sunglasses can enhance your eye health and reduce your risk of developing some eye conditions.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

BrightFocus Foundation

Signs of Eye Problems in Adults

This brief document lists a number of changes in the appearance of your eyes or vision that should be investigated further by your eye doctor.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

Prevent Blindness America

Sources of Free Eye Exams

Find information about national organizations that may offer free or low-cost eye exams.

Review Date: January 04, 2012

New Eyes for the Needy, Inc.

Sunglasses

Repeated exposure to bright sunlight without adequate protection can damage your eyes. Learn what to look for when purchasing sunglasses so that they can effectively protect your eyes from the harmful rays.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

Sight and Hearing Association

Vision Test

This document offers several tests to alert you to potential eye problems, such as blurred vision and early macular degeneration plus a survey to help determine your risk for glaucoma. These tests are not a substitute for a complete eye exam by a medical eye doctor.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

Sight and Hearing Association

Vision USA

VISION USA provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and their families. Find out if you are eligible to receive free services.

Review Date: December 07, 2012

American Optometric Association

Women's Eye Health

Hormonal changes and environmental factors, such as the use of makeup, can make contact lenses ineffective or even uncomfortable to wear. Learn how to take care of your eyes to maintain your eye health.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

Sight and Hearing Association