How’s your eyes? A splendid end of the year to you! How are you and how is your eyes, I know right. I asked about your eyes twice.

The information below should be kept in mind as 2016 comes to a close and 2017 approaches.

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* Avoid the glare. Don’t stare at the sun and other bright objects. Looking directly at bright lights and laser pointers can be harmful to your eyes. Try to dim TV screens and computer monitors a bit, too.

* Don’t work in poor light.Reading in poor light can strain your eyes. Use a soft white light that doesn’t produce glare and reflect directly on your eyes.

* Avoid long hours at the computer or TV. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain, especially if you work in front of the computer a lot. Blinking is also beneficial as it lubricates the eyes. Sometimes being too engrossed in your work makes you forget to blink and rest your eyes.

* Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for your health.Studies have linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage. These conditions can lead to blindness.

* Avoid dusty areas. Haven’t you noticed your eyes turning red after being exposed to dust? Dust gets into your eyes and may cause harm.

* Don’t skip out on your eye exam. You may be tempted to especially if you can still see properly and nothing seems wrong. However, one eye exam a year can only do you good. An eye exam could reveal signs of dangerous eye issues that you may not notice because of little or no symptoms.

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