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Healthy Eyes
The Health Benefits of Sunglasses Print E-mail

A recent survey conducted by the Vision Council of America[1]found that only 50% of children today own or wear sunglasses.  What most parents do not realize is that it is more important for children than adults to have some sort of sun protection for their eyes from ultra violet (UV) exposure.  There are two reasons for this: first, the lenses of children’s eyes are more transparent, which means that a larger percentage of harmful UV rays pass through into the eye, leaving kids more vulnerable to the effects of sun damage than adults; the second reason is that 80% of an individual’s exposure to UV in their lifetime occurs before the age of 18. 

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Are “floaters” normal in my vision? Print E-mail

The term “floaters” is used to describe a farily common visual occurance of the eye.  Vitreous humor is the liquid in the eye that gives it it’s size and shape.  For various reasons which include the natural aging process or eye trauma, the tiny fibers in the vitreous humor clump together causing deposits that shadow on the retina.  Since the retina is responsible for your vision, those tiny shadows cause grayish cobweb like images that float around in your vision when you move your eyes.  

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You Are What You Eat: Foods That Have Your Eyes In Sight Print E-mail
We’ve all heard the term “heart healthy” diet, but what about an eye healthy diet?  Studies conducted by accredited organizations such as the Yale New Havens Teachers Institute found that in the same way that a well balanced diet increases the life of our heart, a diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals also helps maintain and improve the long term health of our eyes.  By incorporating the right types of foods into our diet, we can actually reduce our risk of developing diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and blindness.   
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