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Vision Smarts

Test your vision smarts and get top tips to protect your eyes.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What could make your eyes more sensitive to the sun?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Your eyes may be more photosensitive if they are light in color, if you are taking specific medications or if you use artificial sweeteners. You can protect your eyes while in the sun or bright light by wearing eyeglasses, sunglasses or contact lenses treated for UV absorption.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these eye problems is connected to ultraviolet (UV) light exposure?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Eye diseases such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis and corneal dystrophies have all been linked to UV exposure.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: The minimum age requirement to wear contact lenses is 14.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There are no age limits for contact lenses. The important criterion is the responsibleness of the patient and the parent. Just be aware that there will probably be more frequent changes in the power of the contact lenses in patients younger than eighteen than there will be in older patients. Therefore, routine eye exams with the eye doctor are important.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sunglasses are the easiest way to protect your eyes from sun damage.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How many hours of sleep do you need each night to help your retinal membranes recover?

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The correct answer is: You need at least five hours of sleep each night to help your retinal membranes recharge and recover. Five hours or more is even better.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: The best way to avoid dry eye is to use over-the-counter eye drops.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Dry eyes are the result of an inadequate amount of fluid coming out of the tear ducts. The best way to keep your tear ducts from drying up is to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans?

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The correct answer is: Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

If you work in front of a computer all day, how often should you let your eyes rest?

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The correct answer is: If you spend most of your day in front of a computer, just remember 20-20-20: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, and stare at something 20 feet away.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sitting too close to a television can cause eye damage.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Sitting too close to a television will not damage your eyes, but it may cause eyestrain.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Reading in the dark can weaken your eyes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Reading in dim light will not weaken your eyes. However, good lighting does make reading easier and can prevent eye fatigue.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How many Americans have cataracts?

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The correct answer is: An estimated 22 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, a clouding of the eye's lens that prevents the passage of light needed for vision.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of cataracts?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light and faded color vision. Other symptoms of cataracts include poor night vision, double or multiple vision in one eye and frequent changes in contact or eyeglass prescriptions.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Seeing small specks in your field of vision is a sign of impending blindness.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision are called floaters. Floaters are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the clear, gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. Many floaters are nothing more than a nuisance. Some floaters, however, can be a sign of retinal detachments or bleeding within the eye.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: A high-fat diet can cause loss of vision.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A high-fat diet can lead to macular degeneration later in life, a condition that can cause blindness.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which food may reduce your risk of developing advanced macular degeneration and cataracts?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and omega-3-rich fish may reduce the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration and cataracts.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Carrots are the best food for your eyes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Carrots do contain a large amount of vitamin A, which is great for eye health, but the lutein in spinach and other leafy greens is better.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

When should a child have his first eye examination?

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The correct answer is: A child should have his first eye examination before starting school. Take your child earlier if he shows any signs of excessive squinting, awkward head positioning or if his eyes don't seem to align.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

If you have good vision and no history of eye diseases, by what age should you have your first eye disease screening?

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The correct answer is: The American Academy of Ophthalmology now recommends a complete dilated exam by the time you are 40 (if you are not already getting regular eye exams). If you have not had a complete eye exam in the last few years, consider getting one.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When should you see an ophthalmologist instead of an optometrist?

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The correct answer is: If you have a diagnosed eye disease, or if you have medical problems or are at risk for eye diseases, seeing an ophthalmologist may be the better choice.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing contacts for many years can change the shape of your eye.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Gas-permeable and the old, hard contact lenses change the shape of the eye more so than soft contact lenses. These changes in shape can be measured by your eye doctor, but they're usually not noticealbe to the naked eye.

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The leading cause of blindness is an eye disease such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration. Each can be slowed or treated through regular eye exams. On a daily basis, doctors recommend wearing sunglasses to guard against ...

damage from the suns ultraviolet rays and using protective goggles during sports and certain household projects to protect against injury.
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