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Updated: 05/21/2017 08:30:00AM

May is Healthy Vision Month

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By Amy Zusman

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The National Eye Institute has deemed the month of May as Healthy Vision Month. Our sense of sight is easily taken for granted. Here are a few tips to help keep your eyes safe and healthy:

1. Use sun protection. Your eyes need protection from the sun’s harmful rays just like your skin does. Over-exposure to the sun can cause early cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelids, macular degeneration and premature wrinkles. Sunglasses that block 99 percent to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays are very important. Wrap-around sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats add extra protection because they help block UV rays from entering the eyes from the sides and above.

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