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4 tips for safe and healthy eyes

Back in March, employees everywhere observed Workplace Eye Safety Month. Whether you work on a factory floor or in front of a computer all day, steps like routine medical exams and wearing corrective lenses will ensure the health and well-being of your eyes. But since vision is so crucial to a happy and successful life, the Physicians Health Network uses July to raise further awareness with National Eye Safety Month, which also includes non-workers. Here are four more tips for safeguarding your eyes:

"Stay at least two to three feet away from the TV."

1. Watch your distance
It's not just office workers who have to deal with the effects of computer screens. To protect your eyes, it's a good idea to keep your computer screen within 24 inches of your eyes. And while it's a commonly held myth that prolonged exposure to TV can ruin your vision, the American Academy of Ophthalmology explained that this will only ever cause eye strain. Even still, this strain can still have long-term effects, and it's a good idea to stay at least two to three feet from the TV while viewing.

2. Consider at-home eyewear
Some people assume that goggles are just for use in a factory or other industrial setting. However, as Bausch and Lomb explained, people frequently injure their eyes via exposure to household chemicals. So, even if you're just cleaning the sink, it's still a good idea to wear some kind of protective eyewear, as it doesn't take much exposure to impact your vision. Just be sure to choose eyewear that covers the entirety of the eye and won't obstruct your normal field of vision. You might also want to consider wearing goggles while out doing yard work.

3. Create an eye kit for home
In most workplaces, especially factories, there are specific measures available in case of a traumatic eye injury. That includes a first-aid station and eyewash stations. While your home might not be quite as dangerous, it's a good idea to have a similar kit in place. Just to be thorough, you should consider having on hand at all times the following: eye strips and pads, a flushing kit or solution, replacement contact lenses and bandages. If you're not sure how to treat an eye injury, seek out help right away.

4. Take some eye-nitiative 
People undergo yearly eye exams to stop possible issues before they begin. And while that's a good idea for everyone in your family, the National Institutes of Health explained that there are other preventative measures you should consider. Diet is one of those, and items like kale, spinach and collard greens can improve your eyes' health. These foods will also help you lose weight, and cutting down on excess weight may prevent diabetes or other conditions that can affect your vision. Finally, avoid smoking, as this nasty habit can lead to optic nerve damage and even cataracts.

Any time you experience an unfortunate eye injury, you can always head to your local CareWell Urgent Care Center. The doctors at any of the dozens of CareWell locations can treat a wide range of eye injuries, including infected contact lenses and pink eye.

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