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These days your eyes can be put under a lot of strain for a number of reasons. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help relieve and even prevent eye strain so you'll be able to keep using those babies for a long time.

Eight things you can do for eye health:

1) Get Plenty of Vitamin A
Your mother's been telling you for years that if you eat carrots, it will increase your eyesight. This is absolutely true, but it isn't just carrots you can eat--it's anything with Vitamin A, which helps to safeguard against cataracts and macular degeneration. It also helps you to see better at night. Good food sources for Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrot juice, spinach, organ meats, kale, and turnip greens.

2) Take a Break
If you spend hours staring at a computer monitor or even a television every day, then taking a break will definitely help reduce eye strain. Try to spend no more than one hour without taking a break. Computer use results in a decrease of blinking to almost one third of normal, putting even more strain than usual on your eyes.

Note: If you have to stare at a screen for a long time, taking a break is one thing, but you should also look away from the monitor once about each ten minutes. There's even software available to remind you.

3) Use Good Lighting
Avoid working in rooms that are dark or too dim. Using table lamps are better for your eyes than overhead lights. If you're staring at a TV or monitor, make sure the light in the room is about equal to the brightness of the display. Movie theaters make up for this by having such a huge screen that their own light fills up the room.

4) Get Lots of Rest
Eyes need to sleep just like any other organ in your body. If your eyes are hurting or are bloodshot, you might need to get more sleep. At the very least, you can simply lay down and "rest your eyes" for a while.

5) Consider Using Reading Glasses
Even if you already wear prescription contacts, using reading glasses can help reduce eye strain. If you don't wear glasses but have to struggle to read small text, if you use reading glasses not only will you be able to see small text more clearly, but you'll also be able to sit further away from your computer monitor.

6) Do Eye Exercises
Close your eyes tightly for 5 seconds and then open them. Repeat 5 or 6 times. This will temporarily relieve strain and pressure. Lightly pressing a warm washcloth to your eyes once in a while is also a good idea. Don't ever rub your eyes too hard, though, or you may break blood vessels.

7) Try Blackle
Viewing a dark screen is better than a bright, white screen. If you tend to use Google to search, try using Blackle instead (www.blackle.com). The search results are the same, plus as well as helping your eyes you also save energy.

8) Use ClearType
If you're using Windows on your computer, try enabling ClearType font smoothing. (For Mac users, text smoothing is under the Appearance setting in your System Preferences.) This will help make reading type on your monitor much easier and put a little less strain on your eyes.

Reprinted from www.articles-galore.com

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