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Annual eye exams prevent vision problems before they threaten your sight

Annual Eye Exam:

Did you know that annual eye exams prevent, slow down and correct vision problems before they threaten your eyesight? The single most important thing you can do to take care of your eyes is to get a comprehensive eye exam on an annual basis. In addition, there are several other practices you can adopt to keep your eyes healthy:

The 20/20/20 rule:

For every 20 minutes spent looking at a computer monitor, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

Moisturize your eyes in flight:

Airplane cabin air is quite dry, so use artificial tears once every hour.

Block the sun:

The sun’s UV rays can hurt your eyes and increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium, so make sure your eyeglasses or contact lenses offer UV-protection.

Eat right to protect your sight:

You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

The right light:

If you like to read in bed, choose a light bulb that is bright enough so that you can see the words without straining (but not so bright that you see a glare).

Be cool and wear your shades:

Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Use safety eyewear:

When you play sports, wear eye protection. Most sports goggles have polycarbonate lenses that are shatter proof to protect your eyes.