When a bird’s eye view isn’t enough: Understanding your vision benefits

Healthy vision

Your eyes are an important part of your overall health. Read the healthy vision articles below to discover the best ways to care for your eyes, the right foods to keep them healthy and much more.

Shocking facts about eyes in the winter

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Shocking winter eye facts

Winter can be rough on eyes. Germs, low temperatures, snowballs, icicles. It’s a winter wonderland of vision hazards.

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Simulate common eye diseases

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Eye simulator for common eye diseases

Ever wonder what your loved one with macular degeneration really sees? Walk through a simulation of common eye diseases.

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what animals eyes do you have

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A wild look at determining your animal eyes

Are you blind as a bat? Can you see as sharply as an eagle? Find out what type of animal your vision mirrors in this interactive quiz.

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Vision science or myth

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Science or Myth

Our helpful, healthful quiz gives you an eyeful of ways to improve your vision.

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Understanding your vision benefits

When a bird’s eye view isn’t enough: Understanding your vision benefits

In today’s digital culture, concentration and attention are at a premium,1 which means we may only give seconds, if any, to the fine print. And when it comes to understanding your vision benefits, you may not be seeing all that’s …

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Regular eye exams can help keep your heart healthy

Just as your primary care physician may listen to your heartbeat and check your blood pressure to monitor your heart rate, your eye doctor examines your eyes to get a clear look into your cardiovascular system. In fact, the eye …

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Top 6 visual skills for your soccer player

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. And it’s also one of the most demanding of its players’ visual skills. Sussex University’s Tag Lamche has extensively researched the role of visual awareness in soccer. “Visual skills …

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The silent disease an eye exam can detect

We all know the routine. Every time we go to our primary care doctor, whether it’s for a cold, checkup or something more serious, we’re asked to roll up our sleeve to have our blood pressure checked. It’s a simple, …

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Is staring at the computer giving you tired eyes? You’re not alone.

Earlier this year Nielsen reported that Americans spend an average of 11 hours per day with electronic media. And while those experiences keep us entertained, informed and connected, they’re also an assault on our eyes. As you probably know, a …

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The magical, mysterious molecule that improves your vision … and how you can harness it

Antioxidants are like air. We can’t see them or taste them. But they’re almost always around us. And if there’s a shortage, our bodies are adversely affected. These magical, mysterious molecules enhance our quality of life. Nutritionists encourage us to …

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Unblurring the lines to corrected vision: What your symptoms mean

If you’re finding the world a little out of focus, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Roughly 75 percent of Americans experience vision symptoms that require eyeglasses, contact lenses or other care, according to the Vision Council of America.1 …

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The top 10 visual skills that will improve your golf game

As a golfer you spend time, energy and money trying to shave strokes off your game. But one of the best ways to improve is literally right in front of your face: better vision. Sports vision training can enhance skills …

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Five tips for protecting your eyes from the sun

When it comes to protecting our skin from the sun, our options are as limitless as the rays beating down on us. Sunscreen comes in lotion, spray or stick form. It can have UVA and UVB filters. It’s waterproof, sweatproof, …

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Vision drills to improve your eye at the plate and in the field

Legend has it that Ted Williams, considered by many to be the greatest baseball hitter ever, had superhuman eyesight. People said his acuity was 20:3 and he could see the individual laces of a pitched ball. Like all legends, there’s …

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How pregnancy affects your eyesight

Pregnancy is often a time of great joy and anticipation, but it can also bring an increase in hormones that may cause temporary changes in your vision. Your eye care professional can help you learn about the following potential vision …

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Warning: smoking may be hazardous to your eyes, too

Most people—even smokers themselves—understand that cigarette smoking puts them at greater risk for cancer, heart disease and life-threatening respiratory problems. But they may not realize the extensive medical research that shows smoking can also be a factor in causing a …

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Are you at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

For most of us, our eyesight is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about diabetes. But actually, diabetes is the number one cause for new cases of blindness among American adults.1 According to the American …

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Are you at risk for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases that develop when increased fluid pressure in the eyes damages the nerve fibers in the optic nerve and retina. This damage can lead to irreversible vision loss. The good news …

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Managing your vision while managing your diabetes

If you’re one of the more than 29 million Americans with diabetes,1 you know how important it is to take good care of yourself—monitoring your blood sugar, watching your diet, taking your medication, exercising. But if you haven’t yet added …

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A Woman’s Guide to Vision Health

Many women know the importance of a regular doctor visit for themselves and their family. However, many of us don’t realize that a regular visit to the eye doctor is just as necessary as a visit to the family doctor. …

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Managing thyroid eye disease

Thyroid eye disease, also called Graves’ eye disease, results from the effect of hyperthyroidism on the structures of the eyes. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroid hormone. As a result, the body’s immune system …

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Ask Dr. Lahr: What should I eat for healthy eyes?

Quick, other than carrots, name a food that is good for your vision. Anything? Anything? The truth is, there’s a long list of foods that are good for your eyes. According to the American Optometric Association, the nutrients that scientific …

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The diet adjustment you can make to help save your eyes

When you were little, your mother told you to eat your carrots for healthy eyes. And while it’s true that carrots are high in vitamin A, which is good for your vision, they’re not the only eye-friendly food. In fact, …

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The 6 vision skills all great athletes possess

When it comes to athletic excellence, talent and ability are often associated with visual skills. How often have you heard about a basketball player’s “court vision,” a quarterback’s ability to “see the whole field” or a baseball player’s “eye at …

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  • 80% of learning in the first 12 years comes through the eyes

    Source: The Discovery Eye Foundation, Learning-related vision problems, July 2014.