Eye Care and Vision

  • About Keratoconus

    Keratoconus is an irregular protrusion of the cornea, the clear surface over the colored part of the eye. 

  • Aging Eyes and Cataracts

    Cataracts form slowly and cause no pain. Some stay small and hardly affect vision, but if the cataract increases and begins to affect vision, it can usually be removed surgically.

  • Amblyopia: Vision Specialists Advise Families to Screen

    Amblyopia, often called "lazy eye," is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. 

  • Cataracts: Surgery Will Solve It

    Age-related cataracts, caused by the normal aging process, are the most common. Cataracts can also develop in children, however. These congenital cataracts may be hereditary or due to fetal or maternal diseases. 

  • Computer Screens And Your Eyes: Learn To Prevent Damage

    One of the most common complaints is eye fatigue, Kolder says. A simple way to prevent that fatigue is to close your eyes for 20 to 30 seconds every 10 to 15 minutes. 

  • Computer Vision Syndrome

    Computer Vision Syndrome affects 75% of the people who work on computers, most markedly those over the age of 40. 

  • Contact Lens Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn common questions about contact lenses, glasses, infections, and more.

  • Eye Donor Awareness: Frequently Asked Questions

    What does it mean to be an eye donor?

  • Eye Injuries: Guard Yourself With Protective Eye Wear

    Of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur every year in the United States, around 10 percent are sports or recreation-related, according to the Prevent Blindness America organization. 

  • Eyes React to Pool Water

    Eye infections may be caused by bacteria or other organisms in the water, says Dr. John Sutphin, professor and director of corneal diseases and surgery in the UI Carver College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology.  

  • Fireworks: Use Caution and Have Fun

    Summer celebrations often include parades, barbecues, and fireworks. While public displays are usually safe and enjoyable, children and adults must remember that using fireworks at home can be dangerous, according to an ophthalmologist with University of Iowa Health Care. 

  • Glaucoma: Get an Examination

    Glaucoma, a disease of the optic nerve, can become quite advanced before someone with the condition recognizes he or she has a problem. 

  • How to Treat Dry Eyes

    People usually know how to care for dry skin, but they may be unsure how to treat dry eyes, which can be equally or even more uncomfortable. In the winter months, with lower humidity, dry eye problems increase for some people. 

  • Instructions for Handling Contact Lenses

    Wash your hands before handling your lenses. Do not use any soap containing cream, lotion, oil, or perfume.

  • Macular Degeneration: Frequently Asked Questions

    Macular Degeneration Frequently Asked Questions How does macular degeneration affect vision? There are two main ways that macular degeneration can affect vision the loss of retinal cells and the development of abnormal blood vessels. The inside of the eye is

  • Retina Detachment

    While vision problems often herald old age, sometimes they signal a more serious disorder that can occur at any age, namely detachment of the retina. 

  • Strabismus: How To Fix The Misaligned Eye

    Lazy eye is commonly treated by placing a patch over the good eye to force the lazy eye to focus, Keech says. Strabismus is most often corrected with eyeglasses or surgery. 

  • Sunglasses: Joe Cool, Joe Smart

    For some, sunglasses are a fashion statement. For others, they are a safety feature. 

  • Take Eye Makeup Off Before Bedtime

    An eye specialist in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology lists why it's important to take off your makeup.

  • Viewing the World Through a Cloud: Cataracts

    Viewing the World Through a Cloud Cataracts Lights glare. The world appears cloudy and blurry. Colors are faded, seeing at night seems to be getting harder, and at times you see double with one eye closed.

  • What Is 20/20 Vision?

    The term, 20/20, is an expression of your ability to see at a distance. The first number shows your distance from an eye chart. The second number shows the size letter you can read.