13 Secrets Your Eye Doctor Won’t Tell You

1. “Never use tissues or toilet paper to clean your eyeglasses. Paper is made of wood, and it will scratch your lenses. I like to use my tie because it’s silk and really smooth.” — Robert Noecker, MD

2. “Polarized sunglasses are great at reducing glare, but they can make it difficult to see the LCD on your cell phone or navigation system. It’s harder to see an ATM screen when you’ve got polarized sunglasses on too.” — Janice Jurkus, OD

3. “Many of you seem to think you can go on with life as normal immediately after I dilate your eyes, but it’ll be two or three hours before you can do anything that requires concentrated visual attention. Sometimes people get irritated that they can’t read a 12-page document.” — Paul Harris, OD, associate professor at the Southern College of Optometry, Memphis

4. “Most people know that UV radiation can damage skin, but they don’t realize it’s also bad for eyes. You wear your sunglasses only when it’s sunny? That’s like saying ‘I only smoke sometimes.’ Wear sunglasses big enough to block the light from above and below — they should have thick sides or wrap around. If you wear contacts, ask for UV coating.” — Stephen Cohen, OD, past president of the Arizona Optometric Association

5. “Despite what generations of parents have told their kids, carrots aren’t the best food for your eyes. That honor goes to spinach, kale, and other dark, leafy veggies.” — Andrea Thau, OD, associate clinical professor at the SUNY College of Optometry

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Tips for a Better Eyesight

Our eyes are two of our most precious possessions which connect us to the world. They express our deepest feelings and emotions, giving life to the wonderful things we see every day. The eyes are constantly taking in information while they are open, working non-stop to help us view the world.

The health of your vision is ultimately governed by the health of your eye muscles. But as we age, all the wear and tear on the eyes will start to weaken the muscles. Also, in today’s age of video games, computers, and other electronics; we work our eyes a little too much.

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