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Is Your Environment Impairing Your Eyesight?


Tips to preserve your eyesight include:

- Protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation from the sun by wearing sunglasses and/or brimmed hats.

- Eat healthy.

- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

- Maintain normal blood pressure, using medications, diet, and exercise if needed.

- If you have diabetes, manage it with care.

- For those who spend many hours daily looking at a computer screen or other object, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at an object further away(at least 20 feet), for at least 20 seconds. This helps relax muscles in the eye while preventing eye strain.

- Consult with your eye doctor regarding your optimal frequency of eye exams, and for prescription updates.

- Don't smoke.

- Use LED light bulbs as opposed to fluorescent bulbs. Recent studies show up to a 12% increase in eye disease in subjects exposed to indoor fluorescent lighting.

By: Evan Redmond, Pharm.D.




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