PROTECTING YOUR EYES FROM DRYNESS THIS WINTER

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Winter winds and temperatures can be harsh on the human body. Your ears endure a stinging tingle as the chilling air whistles through your exterior. Your fingers will begin to feel uncomfortably numb as you reluctantly trudge from the desolate parking lot to the inviting shelter of your office. Sometimes the prospect of venturing out into the cold can be so daunting that you’ll occasionally skip your daily coffee jaunt in favor of sullenly sulking under a blanket fort near the space heater in a desperate attempt to stay reasonably warm.

But many of us are so concerned about protecting our ears and fingers from frostbite that we forget our eyes are completely exposed to the sub-zero elements of a cruel mother nature. Man, winter is just the worst. Read more: Protecting your eyes from dryness this winter

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PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR FOR SPORTS AND LEISURE

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In the United States, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children; most of these injuries are sports-related. According to the National Eye Institute, these injuries account for approximately 100,000 physician visits annually, and cost a total of more than $175 million per year. Read more: Protective eyewear for sports and leisure

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DON’T RUB IT IN: HOW RUBBING YOUR EYES CAN DAMAGE VISION

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Occasionally, rubbing your eyes briefly might help you feel better. A short “ocular massage” can help stimulate the secretion of tears, lubricating itchy, dry eyes, and removing irritants from your eyeballs. Pressing down on the eyeball can also stimulate the vagus nerve, which will slow down your heart rate and relieve stress by triggering your oculocardiac reflex. Read more: Don’t rub it in: How rubbing your eyes can damage vision

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CAN EYE EXERCISES REALLY IMPROVE YOUR VISION?

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With such an abundance of books and websites attesting that their eye exercises will improve your vision to a point where you will no longer need glasses, you might assume there would be some scientific evidence to justify these bold claims. Surprisingly, however, there is very little data available to definitively conclude that these eye exercises can, in fact, improve your sight. Read more: Can eye exercises really improve your vision?

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HOW SMOKING CAN DAMAGE YOUR EYES

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According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use kills more than five million people per year, and is responsible for one out of every ten adult deaths. It is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death. While most people are aware of the strong causal relationship between smoking and lung cancer or heart disease, many overlook the link between tobacco use and vision problems. Read more: How smoking can damage your eyes

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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GLASSES

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There’s one simple rule to proper eyeglass care that should be followed at all times to maximize the lifespan of your spectacles: if they’re not on your face, store them in a case. The guideline seems easy enough, but many people lose their enthusiasm for eyewear maintenance after the novelty of having shiny new frames dissipates. After spending time, money, and effort to select the perfect pair of glasses, it’s surprising that the idea of constantly preserving and cleaning one’s shades can seem like an unnecessary amount of upkeep. Read more: How to care for your glasses

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WHAT DO DOCTORS USE TO EXAMINE MY EYES?

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Having your eyes regularly examined by a licensed optometrist can help restore your vision, prevent vision problems, and protect your overall health. Some people fail to have a regular examination because of lack of concern or ignorance of its value. But, others can find the idea of vision equipment near their eyes daunting and uncomfortable, and seek to avoid the situation altogether. Read more: What do doctors use to examine my eyes?

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KEEPING YOUR CORNEAS IN SHAPE

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The cornea is the transparent front outer layer of the eye that covers the pupil and the iris. The cornea accounts for approximately two thirds of the eye’s total optical power, but unlike the adjustable curvature of the eye’s lens, the amplification provided by the cornea is fixed, or constant. The cornea has multiple layers, and typically holds a uniform shape. But various conditions can affect the shape of your corneas and, consequently, your vision. Read more: Keeping your corneas in shape

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CHEAP SUNGLASSES MIGHT HURT YOUR VISION

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Your plane has finally touched down in Honolulu International Airport and your vacation will officially start the moment you set foot on solid ground. As you exit the aircraft, you reach into your pocket to grab your sunglasses, but you’re stricken with the sudden realization that you left them in the cab this morning. “Every time,” you think to yourself as you gather your luggage. But before you consider spending five whole American dollars on a pair of cheap plastic specs, it’s important to recognize that low-quality sunglasses may, in fact, be more detrimental to the health of your eyes than not wearing any sunglasses at all! Read more: Cheap sunglasses might hurt your vision

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PREVENTING DIGITAL EYE STRAIN AND COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

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Whether it’s headaches, soreness in your eyes, or blurred vision, optometrists use an umbrella term for any discomfort that may be caused by staring at a digital screen: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Sometimes called Digital Eye Strain, CVS can result from spending too much time on your computer, tablet, or cellular phone. But many of our activities require us to focus on a computer monitor for extended periods, whether we’re at work, school, or playing games. Read more: Preventing Digital Eye Strain and Computer Vision Syndrome

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