Five tips to protect your eyes from the sun

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.

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Understanding Your Benefits

Check out this guide to help make your vision benefits work for you. Step-by-step, we'll walk you through the ins and outs.

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Color deficiency quiz square

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Color-blind quiz

Take our color blind quiz and check out our comparisons of what people with color blindness see.

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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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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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Five tips to protect your eyes from the sun

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, you’ve got a lot of options. You can get SPF protection ranging from 15 to 50 in a lotion, spray or stick. Waterproof, sweat-proof, anti-aging, hypoallergenic — take your pick. …

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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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A sport-by-sport guide to protecting your vision

Whether it’s helping you judge a sharp turn down the ski slope or seeing when to hit an oncoming pitch, your eyes are key players in all your sporting activities. But you can also hurt your eyes if they’re left …

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What you need to know about protecting your eyes in the workplace

No matter where you work—in a factory, laboratory, construction site or office— workplace eye injuries can and do occur. Every day, more than 2,000 American workers suffer an eye injury that requires medical attention.1 And nearly a million Americans have …

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Are your sunglasses protecting your eyes from UV?

Why do you wear sunglasses? To cut down on glare when you’re driving? To keep you from squinting outdoors? To look cool? These are all good reasons to wear your shades, but your sunglasses are more than a fashion statement. …

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EyeQ: myth or science

Curious as to whether those rumors you hear about vision are fact or fiction? Get the real scoop below. Sitting too close to the TV harms vision There are plenty of reasons to limit the amount of television you watch, …

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Dry eyes in the house – causes and treatments for a common vision problem

Dryness may be an asset when telling a funny story or attending a sunny summer party, but when it comes to our eyes, dry can be a serious downer. Almost half of Americans –  48 percent – suffer from dry eyes and …

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Reading between the lines of vision insurance and knowing when you need it

Those who don’t think they need vision insurance should keep in mind one number: 196. That’s the average national cost of a pair of eyeglasses.1 But that’s not the cost of getting glasses. It doesn’t include the expense of the …

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Big lessons from small type: Understanding your vision benefits

For important documents or contracts, we’re often advised to read the small print. Yet when it comes to vision benefits, we could be seeing less than what’s being offered. We know that many people have much to learn about their …

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Improving eyesight with a capital E: The little-known benefits of a vitamin

When it comes to nutrition for healthy eyesight, vitamin A often gets the star treatment. But we should take a moment to consider the benefits of the big E. Vitamin E, an antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and greens, …

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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.