Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Vision

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Posted on 05/07/2012

Millions of Americans have undetected vision problems and eye conditions. And since May is Healthy Vision Month, it’s a great time to think about ways to improve your eyesight. Taking care of your peepers doesn’t have to be pricey, either.


Schedule a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam This painless procedure is the best way to pinpoint common vision problems or eye ailments including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease. If you can’t afford this routine visit you may be eligible for a free eye exam. Vision USA provides free basic eye care for uninsured, low-income people and their families.


Eat Blueberries
Consider adding blueberries to your daily diet. Studies show that people who at the most blueberries were the least likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration, or ARMD. ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in older adults.


Get Free Glasses
Low-income, uninsured children and adults may qualify for free glasses from programs like Sight for Students or New Eyes for the Needy. Since starting in 1932, New Eyes for the Needy has helped more than 7.5 million people obtain better vision.


Lower Your Computer Screen
Tilt your computer monitor down or raise up your desk chair. If you’re looking down at your computer screen your eyes will be slightly closed. That’s a good thing for preventing issues like dry eye syndrome.


Upgrade Frames Under $10
Glasses don’t have to be expensive. Check out discount online retailer Zenni Optical for frames that start at $6.95. Right now anti-reflective coating is 50% of and can be added for just $2.50.


Buy New Eye Makeup
Eye makeup like mascara and eyeliner can be a major carrier for bacteria. Keep those germs away from your eyes by tossing out the old and buying new every few months.


Use Protective Eyewear
Wear sunglasses whenever you go outside into the daylight to limit exposure to UV rays. And if you’re doing carpentry work pull out some safety goggles. Sunglasses and safety goggles can be your eyes’ best friends.


By Alison Storm


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