The Eyes Have It
They're small, but when it comes to power, the eyes have it: 2 million working parts that process 36,000 bits of info per hour. Our eyes allow us to see and they reflect how we feel, so it's vital they stay healthy. While some vision glitches, such as nearsightedness, are inevitable, others (eyestrain or glaucoma, for example) are preventable. Learn how to take good care of your baby blues.Take our free eye health assessment
Rx for Common Eye Ailments
Eyes have a nifty defense system: lids that close, lashes that trap dust and dirt, and tears that wash away foreign matter that gets in anyway. Even so, eyes can get irritated or infected. Following basic hygiene rules will help prevent peeper problems, but when they crop up anyway, the fixes are usually straightforward.
Top Vision Problems
Vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (trouble reading up close) are generally pretty innocuous and easily handled with eyeglasses, contact lenses and even surgery. Other eye conditions, however, are much more serious and harder to treat. Some can even lead to blindness.
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Eye Health Q&As
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- Q Can eating fish improve my eyesight?
- Q Why should I wear sunglasses when outside?
- Q How is UV radiation bad for your eyes?
- Q How does my vision change as I get older?
- Q What nutrients are good for the eyes?
- Q What are three important things I can do to protect my eye health?
- Q Is it harmful to my eyes to sit close to the TV?
- Q Are carrots really good for your eyes?
- Q How are my eyes affected if I wear glasses all the time?
Eye Care Action Plans
Here are some smart tips and helpful info on keeping your peepers in tip-top condition.
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Feast for Your Eyes
Spinach and Sweet Potato Risotto
Spinach is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Enjoy it with another eye booster: sweet potato.
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