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Tips for Maintaining Health Eye Care

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 16, 2010

It’s been said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Keeping your eyes healthy is an important part of maintain your overall health. Follow these simple steps to keep them seeing their best for a long time to come.

Get a dilated eye exam

Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to catch them in the their early stages,. your eye care provider will  drops in your eyes to widen the pupil. This allows in more light so he or she can check of signs of damage or disease.

Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight raises your risk of getting diabetes which can lead to vision loss.  If you’re having trouble with weight gain, talk to your doctor.

Quit smoking or never start

smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of you. Research links smoking to an increased risk of cataracts and optic nerve damage. These can lead to blindness.

Wear Shades

Sunglasses look cool, but their most important job is to shield your eyes from sun damage. When buying shades , look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet ( UV rays).

Give your eyes a rest

If you spend a lot of time at the computer , you can forget to blink. This makes your eyes tired. try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes , look away about 20 feet in front of your for 20 seconds. This reduces eyestrain.

Click links below for more tips

August Immunization Awareness Month/ Healthy Eye care month

2010 Immunization Schedule

Eye care

Source; National Eye Institute: National Institutes of Health

Reprinted form Professional Women’s Group Tip Sheet

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