Protecting your eyes includes more than just wearing sunglasses. In addition to shielding yourself from damaging UV rays, your dietary choices and other daily habits can greatly affect your eye health. Get tips for fending off age-related problems and other damaging eye conditions.

Fast Facts for Your Health: Contact Lenses for Children

  • Posted on: 4 October 2010
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Fast Facts for Your Health: Contact Lenses for Children
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Published by: National Women's Health Resource Center, Inc., October 2010

Contact lenses provide significant benefits to children beyond vision correction. Find out more, including tips on what kind of contact lenses are best for children and questions to ask your eye care professional.

Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes

  • Posted on: 30 April 2010
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Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes
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Published by: National Women's Health Resource Center, Inc., June 2012

Learn the facts about sun exposure and eye health. Find out how to reduce sun-related damage and get simple tips for protecting your whole family’s vision and eye health.

Can Extra Time Outdoors When Young Reduce Nearsightedness?

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Spending more time outside early in life may offer some protection against nearsightedness, a new study suggests.
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Spending more time outside early in life may offer some protection against nearsightedness, a new study suggests.

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Spending more time outside early in life may offer some protection against nearsightedness, a new study suggests.

The European study authors suspect that additional exposure to the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays may play a role in reducing nearsightedness—the inability to see clearly at a distance, also known as myopia.

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What You Need to Know About Age-Related Blindness

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Just because you see the world clearly now doesn't mean it won't start to blur as you age. Learn more about age-related macular degeneration.
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Just because you see the world clearly now doesn't mean it won't start to blur as you age. Learn more about age-related macular degeneration.
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Reviewed by Jeff Anshel, OD, FAAO, E Street Eyes, Encinitas, CA

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Electrical Pulses to the Brain May Help Fight Glaucoma

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Electrical pulses to the brain may help restore vision in some partially blind patients, German researchers report.
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Electrical pulses to the brain may help restore vision in some partially blind patients, German researchers report.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Electrical pulses to the brain may help restore vision in some partially blind patients, German researchers report.

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Do You Have Computer Vision Syndrome?

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Too much screen time can cause computer vision syndrome, which can make your eyes feel dry and tired.
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Too much screen time can cause computer vision syndrome, which can make your eyes feel dry and tired.

Recently, my husband, while picking up the newspaper that sat outside our door, untouched for the entire day, asked me why I still subscribe to the print version. "Isn't so much easier just to read it on the computer, especially since sometimes you miss a day?" he asked.

Apologies to all the trees and ink and eco-conscious among us, but I'm a holdout for the real thing. 

Maybe it's not so bad. Maybe I'm doing my eyes a favor.

New Eye Problems Discovered in Babies Struck by Zika

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Three new eye problems—retinal lesions, bleeding in the retina and abnormal blood vessel development in the retina—in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers.
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Three new eye problems—retinal lesions, bleeding in the retina and abnormal blood vessel development in the retina—in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers.

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New eye problems in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers.

When to Seek Medical Help for an Eye Problem

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Some eye problems you can take care of yourself, but it's important to know how to do it and when to seek medical help.
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Some eye problems you can take care of yourself, but it's important to know how to do it and when to seek medical help.

Recently, my colleague Marcia wrote about a frightening experience she had with a retinal tear. Fortunately, she was able to see her ophthalmologist and receive emergency laser treatment to stave off an impending detachment. Her story had a happy ending, because she was proactive and didn't take a wait-and-see attitude.

How Your Car's Side Window May Be Harming Your Skin, Eyes

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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The front windshield of your car probably shields you from the sun's UV-A rays as you drive, but the same may not be true for side windows, a new study finds.
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The front windshield of your car probably shields you from the sun's UV-A rays as you drive, but the same may not be true for side windows, a new study finds.

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THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The front windshield of your car probably shields you from the sun's UV-A rays as you drive, but the same may not be true for side windows, a new study finds.

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Signs You Need Glasses

  • Posted on: 25 April 2016
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Vision changes, so it's important to see an eye care professional if you experience any signs of vision problems. You may just need glasses.
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Doesn't it seem like every other person wears glasses? But even more people actually should be wearing them. That's because many people don't even know they have a vision problem. Maybe they've gone years without glasses and haven't noticed the gradual change in their vision. Or maybe they just haven't bothered to get their eyes examined.

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