Stay informed on the latest developments regarding ensuring the right eye care for all Texans.

Your Eyes and Computers

As home and office space merged during the pandemic, many people said they spent more time in front of screens and suffered because of it. They complained of eye strain, headaches, and dry eye, and worried that they might be doing permanent damage to their vision. Now comes a new survey suggesting that two-thirds of businesses expect that their temporary work-from-home policies will become permanent post pandemic.

What Is an Ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists. Optometrists. Opticians. Osteopaths. Orthopaedists. Otolaryngologists. Obstetricians. The terms can get confusing, and you could say: “It’s all Greek to me.” (No pun intended.)

But what exactly is an Ophthalmologist?

January: Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss, affecting about 3 million people in the United States. Because there are no symptoms early on, about half of people with the disease don’t know they have it. Once vision is lost to glaucoma, it can’t be regained

During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, Safe Vision Texas is reminding the public that early detection and treatment, combined with some lifestyle choices, can help protect your sight.

The Ophthalmologist-Recommended Gift Guide: Screen-Free Gifts

Running out of gift ideas for the kids? Skip the blue light-blocking glasses and buy your child something that will finally get them off their screens. Here is what ophthalmologists are keeping in mind as they put together their own holiday shopping lists.

Diabetes Is the Leading Cause of Preventable Blindness in the United States

Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States among adults aged 20 to 74 and is the fifth most common cause of preventable blindness globally. Among the 30 million Americans with diabetes, about one-third have diabetic retinopathy, the potentially blinding complication of diabetes.

Cat Eyes or Vampire Eyes for Halloween? Costume Lenses Must Have a Prescription

Halloween is just around the corner, and many Texans might be tempted to purchase costume or decorative contact lenses as part of their costume. But the reality is that a contact lens is a medical device that requires proper fitting and a prescription by an eye care professional, such as an ophthalmologist. Otherwise, an improperly worn contact lens can cause damage to an eye.

Can Eye Exams Alert Seniors at Risk of Dementia?

Regular eye exams may do more than simply catch vision problems: A new study is the latest evidence that certain types of vision problems may indicate an elevated risk of dementia.

Physicians have long observed a link between vision loss and cognitive decline, and many studies have demonstrated that older adults with impaired vision feature twice the risk of developing conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Back-to-School Eye Exams

It’s back-to-school time, and parents may wonder whether their child should undergo a full eye exam, also known as a comprehensive eye exam, as a preventive measure. If a child is having vision problems, he or she should be seen by an eye professional experienced in the care of children for an exam.  As an effective safety net, all Texas children undergo vision screenings during their school years to identify problems that don’t always have symptoms.

Protect Your Eyes From the Texas Sun

The first half of the summer featured an unusual amount of rain and cloud cover. But the reality of the hot Texas summer is now starting to set in for much of the state: We have many weeks of hot, sunny days ahead of us.

When it comes to the summer sun, protecting our skin with sunscreen and shade gets much of the attention.  But our eyes, which can face just as much damage as our skin from UV light, often do not receive the same level of attention.