Read about issues that affect your eye health and wellness.

Performance evaluation

When doctors of optometry look at their patients as athletes—from everyday active individuals to Olympians—they can help them perform better in sports and in all aspects of life. AOA members can access a number of resources to reach out to their community about concussion care.

This Diabetes Alert Day, valuable resources to help care for patients

Research has shown that co-morbidities matter when it comes to patients surviving COVID-19. One of those co-morbidities of concern is diabetes, and doctors of optometry annually detect thousands of diabetes-related manifestations in the eyes.

A low-cost treatment option for certain eye diseases? Exercise

More evidence suggesting exercise might put a dent in the costs of drug treatment through prevention of such eye diseases as age-related macular degeneration.

Set the record straight on wearing contacts safely during COVID-19

Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 17-21, is an opportunity to talk about safe handling.

Educate Your Patients

As the nation’s primary eye health care providers, doctors of optometry must inform patients on how a comprehensive eye exam is a critical part of overall health maintenance. Use these resources to educate patients.
Can red light recharge the retina?

With the retina aging quicker than other organs in the body, due to the high concentration and decline of mitochondria in photoreceptors, researchers in a new study took a fresh look at improving mitochondrial function.

Vitamin A beneficial for eyes, just not for preventing myopia

Vitamin A’s protective role in eye health may stop short of delaying myopia progression in youth, but that doesn’t negate its overall benefits.

Children’s myopia risk linked to smartphone use, study says

Researchers found an association between myopia and prolonged smartphone use, begging the question: What does the future hold for millions of kids growing up in the digital age?

Evidence shows these 3 steps are crucial to stop virus spread

New study reinforces role of doctors of optometry and practice staff in infection control of novel virus.

COVID-19 pandemic necessitates infection control refresher

Learn more about appropriate infection control in the optometric practice with a two-part CE series during the AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast, June 24-27.

Dr. Google’s Rx? Take with a grain of salt

Online symptom checkers are correct only a third of the time, a new study says, but that doesn’t stop patients seeking a Dr. Google diagnosis.