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9 Tips for Healthy Eyes
There is so much to see at this glorious time of year, so make sure your eyes are in top condition. If you’re lucky enough to have a health savings plan, buying new glasses or contacts is a good way to use your reserved funds before December 31 so you don’t lose those valuable dollars. To preserve your precious eyesight, keep these pointers from the National Eye Institute in mind.
 1. Have a dilated eye exam. It can detect eye diseases like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye problems early while they are more treatable.
2. Share your family’s eye health history with your eye care professional. This can help them determine if you are at higher risk for certain eye diseases and conditions.
3. Eat eye-friendly foods. Load up on fruits and veggies, especially dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens. Also include fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and halibut.
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
5. Protect your vision with safety eyewear.
6. Don’t smoke.
7. Wear sunglasses.
8. Rest your eyes periodically. Looking away can help reduce eyestrain when you’re using a computer or doing other close work.
9. Avoid infection. Always wash your hands before touching your contacts and disinfect your contact lenses.

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and of those, more than 1/3 don’t realize it. November is American Diabetes Month. As you celebrate the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving this week, keep these recommendations from the Association in mind to help lower your risk of diabetes (and other health issues):
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet
• Stay active
For more info, including a test to assess your risk of having or developing type 2 diabetes, go to diabetes.org.

The flu is nothing to sneeze at. Don’t let your body play tricks on you this fall and winter. Treat yourself to a flu shot. Most of us need the inoculations each year. If you’re not sure if a flu shot is right for you or a family member, be sure to check with your health care provider.