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7 Vision-Saving Tips for National Save Your Vision Month

When you think of March you no doubt think of St. Patrick's Day and Easter eggs, but did you know that March is also National Save Your Vision Month?

As the cold, dark winter days give way to the first buds of spring, it's a perfect time to discard our old bad habits and "grow" healthy ones.

That's why we here at Protect Your Vision have compiled 7 vital tips to support your healthy sight. Follow these 7 for a great '2010!

#1 – Feed Your Eyes

It seems like you can't turn on the TV or open a newspaper lately without hearing about nutritional breakthroughs.

All the latest vision research has been about how what you put in your mouth affects your eyes. Omega-3s, in particular, have been called “the miracle food of the 21st century” These omega-3s not only help protect against cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration—even dry eyes—but also boost overall cardiovascular health.

#2 - Exercise Your Eyes

Exercise is always second in that mantra recited by doctors: "Diet and exercise." While the mainstream media usually defines exercise as simply "going to the gym," more and more people are recognizing that it's a whole-body endeavor. Just as you exercise your body at the gym or practice yoga in order to improve muscle tone, agility, range of motion, and flexibility, so too do the eyes benefit from daily exercise.

#3 – Be Safe at the Computer

Near-point activities like computer use and reading are reported by the American Optometric Association as one of the leading causes of vision loss.

In fact, computer use can be so damaging to the eyes, there is a name for it: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

Among the symptoms of CVS are tired and sore eyes, headaches, dry and red eyes, slowness in changing the focus of your eyes, periodic blurred near vision, and occasional blurred distance vision. It can even cause permanent vision damage.

#4 – Wear Eye Protection When Performing Dangerous Tasks

The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health estimates that approximately 2,000 eye injuries occur every day at work in the U.S. Did you know that?

#5 – Stop Smoking

One of the most important things you can do to save your vision is quit smoking. Smoking is a risk factor for many eye conditions.

#6 – Wear Sunglasses to Protect Against Cataracts

Wearing sunglasses is one of the best things you can do to protect the health of your eyes. Sunglasses help you in two important ways: They reduce the total amount of light reaching the eye and, in particular, protect the eye from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) part of the spectrum. Long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, or skin cancer around the eyelids

#7 – Use Precaution With Eye Makeup

Cosmetic ads may promise plump, sexy lashes that will spiral you into superstardom, but one wrong mascara-wand move could mean you end up looking like Cyclops. Using cautions and following a few simple tips when it comes to eye makeup may save your from pinkeye, corneal damage—or worse.

Protect Your eyes, Your Eyes will thank you.

Vision Tip of the Month: Newborn Eye Care

Keep Those Tiny, Perfect Eyes Clean and Healthy

The tiny, delicate eyes of a newborn baby need proper care because it is important to keep them clean and healthy. Using a soft washcloth or a cotton ball and plain water, you can carefully cleanse your baby’s eyes. Dampen a cloth or cotton ball with a little bit of warm water. With the baby's eyes closed, gently wipe the eyes from the inside to the outside corners. Use a different part of the cloth or a new cotton ball for each eye.

Some babies are born with blocked tear ducts. A blocked tear duct causes tears to form in the eyes and roll down the cheeks. Blocked tear ducts should be evaluated by a pediatrician, as they may require treatment if an infection develops. However, most blocked tear ducts tend to open on their own during the first year of life.

Vision Facts of the Month

* The study of the iris of the eye is called iridology.

* The shark cornea has been used in eye surgery, since its cornea is similar to a human cornea.

* The cornea is the only living tissue in the human body that does not contain any blood vessels.

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