I have "spots"
floating around in my eye. Should I be worried?
Spots and floaters
are usually harmless. Eye floaters are those tiny
spots, specks, flecks and "cobwebs" that drift
aimlessly around in your field of vision. While
annoying, ordinary eye floaters and spots are very
common and usually aren't cause for alarm.
I work on a computer
all day. Can this hurt my eyes?
emit levels of radiation that are considerably lower
than the maximum allowed for safety, according to a
study by the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health. NIOSH compared the maximum
radiation levels in a group of monitors with the
Can you tell me
what's wrong with my eyes?
Sorry, but no. It's
not that we don't want to help you, but it would be
irresponsible to try to diagnose your problem
without examining your eyes. However, we do have
If you are having any
kind of problem, the first thing you should do is
schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to
discuss your symptoms.
Am I old enough to
wear contact lenses?
That depends on how
responsible you are; this decision is best made
jointly between you, your parents and your eye
What exactly does
"20/20 vision" mean?
vision" is commonly
accepted as the standard of normal distance vision
for a human being. Basically it means "good visual
acuity at 20 feet." So if your vision is 20/20, you
can read certain sizes of letters on a
clearly at 20 feet or closer. But if your friend has
20/15 vision, his visual acuity is better than
yours: you would have to stand 15 feet away from the
chart to read the smaller letters that he can read
while standing 20 feet away. Conversely, someone
with 20/30 vision has worse distance vision than