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Nine Tips from the CDC to Care for Your Vision

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds us about the importance of taking care of our vision. While it’s easy to think that vision problems are rare or only prevalent in older Americans, eye problems can happen at any age.

May is Healthy Vision Month. The CDC offers nine ways that you help protect your vision.

  1. Have regular, comprehensive dilated eye exams.
  2. Know your family’s eye health history, as some eye diseases are hereditary.
  3. Eat dark leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, or collard greens. Eat omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish like salmon, trout, halibut, and albacore tuna.
  4. Keep your body at a healthy weight.
  5. Wear protective eyewear when participating in sports, or engaging in tasks around the house such as yard work, home repairs, and painting.
  6. Quit smoking or never start.
  7. Wear sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.
  8. Take care of your contact lenses: cleanse them to avoid infection and wash your hands before putting them in or taking them out.
  9. Work safely. If your job requires safety eyewear, wear them

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