Should I worry about seeing floaters?

Floaters are dark specks or strands that move around in your field of vision, most often caused by changes in the vitreous humor, the gel-like fluid that fills the eyeball. They are common and usually go away if you blink or move your eyes around, but if many new floaters appear suddenly, it can indicate a retinal detachment.

Is LASIK surgery a good idea for me?

If you wear glasses or contacts, LASIK and other forms of surgery can correct refractive errors and improve your vision to near-perfect levels. However, there are risks involved, especially if you have an abnormally shaped eye, severe myopia, or problems with dry eye.

How often should I have my intraocular pressure checked?

An intraocular pressure test is a simple, painless screening procedure for glaucoma. Age, ethnicity, family history, and nearsightedness are all risk factors for the disease, and all affect how often you should be tested.

What can I do to avoid eyestrain?

Staring at a computer monitor or other close-up object for long periods can cause eyestrain, whose symptoms include tired, itchy, or dry eyes, blurred vision, headache, and back or shoulder pain. Eyestrain generally cannot cause permanent damage, but it can interfere with work and may indicate an underlying problem. There are many different strategies and treatments to reduce eyestrain.

Do I need a dilated eye exam?

A standard eye exam can detect vision problems but may not be able to catch the early signs of major eye disease. In a dilated exam, your doctor puts drops in your eyes to open the pupil all the way so he or she can examine the retina and other hard-to-see parts of the eye for indications of AMD, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment.