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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