Health Corner: See your eyesight improve

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Check your health insurance plan. It probably covers an eye exam every two years or so. Do you take advantage?

“Eye care is one of those benefits that people forget about,” says Jeff Spahr, staff vice president at WellPoint, the nation’s largest health benefits company with more than 34 million members. “Some people think, ‘I’ve got 20/20 vision so I don’t need an eye exam.’ But there are lots of health conditions that a good eye exam can pick up such as diabetes and some tumors.”

He adds that after adults reach ages 40 to 45, a common problem called presbyopia reduces the eyes’ ability to focus on close objects. That often leads adults to reposition reading matter to help them see the words more clearly. As a result, reading glasses and more frequent visits to an eye doctor become a priority.

“We call them squinters,” he says. “They’re the ones with outstretched arms trying to read something.”

Aside from seeking medical help, blink often to lubricate the eyes, Spahr suggests. He also recommends that office professionals take a break every 20 minutes or so to look away from their computer monitor and focus on something at a different distance.

Fight glare and see the difference

Check overhead lighting to ensure it doesn’t cause glare that makes it harder to read at your desk or view your computer screen. Use anti-glare shields or reposition your monitor to improve lighting.

Another way to reduce eye fatigue is to confirm that you (and your employees) sit 20 to 26 inches from the monitor and select a background screen color that provides clear contrast to read text easily. Set the monitor’s brightness to a level at or below the surrounding room.

Notice red flags that signal it’s time to see an eye doctor. If you’re having trouble reading a menu in a dark restaurant, that’s a sign something’s amiss.

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