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separator Exercise Your Eyes  
Ever wonder whether doing eye exercises can improve your vision?

Some exercises can and some can’t. You should talk to your ophthalmologist or optometrist for exercise suggestions. Some exercises can be relaxing, reduce eyestrain, and improve your vision temporarily. But keep these things in mind:

  • You’ll need to commit at least 15 minutes per day to doing the exercises. In some cases, you may need to commit as much as an hour per day.
  • If you have anything more than a mild vision problem, chances are you’ll still need glasses, even with the exercises.
  • The results of exercises last only as long as you keep exercising.

Source:F. Armstrong. Beyond Glasses. UC Books, Pacific Grove, California, 1998.

Vision Fatigue
If you think working long hours at a computer is enough to cause vision problems, you’re right.

Most of the time, vision problems caused by computer work are temporary. They usually clear up as soon as you leave work. But some people can experience discomfort, such as blurred distance vision, for long periods of time after their work is over.

The best thing to do is try to prevent this kind of vision strain in the first place. Try not to do all your computer work at once. Alternate it with other tasks, such as reading, making telephone calls, or whatever else your job requires you to do.

Have your eyes examined regularly as well. Uncorrected vision problems will make it even more difficult to work at a computer.

Source: American Optometric Association

Good TV Habits
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children who watch more television don’t do as well in school, especially in reading; may be more likely to develop attention problems; may have trouble exercising self-control and moral judgment. The AAP has the following guidelines parents can use to limit television time:

  • One full hour per day of television is considered a lot for pre-schoolers. One to two hours should be the maximum for older children.

  • Television should be on only when children or other family members are watching a specific show. It should not be on all the time as background noise.

  • Children should do their homework first, and they should do it away from the television.

  • Parents should set limits on the amount of television children watch, especially limiting shows that are violent or inappropriate for their children’s age and maturity level.

  • Children who show signs of attention deficit may be better off having their television time limited even further or eliminated for a time.

  • Children watch fewer hours when the television is not in their bedroom.

  • Parents can improve the quality of television time by watching with their children and discussing the show together.

Source: AAP News, May 1998.

If you have a health condition such as diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc., you live with the knowledge that there may be a medical emergency that keeps you from being able to communicate with healthcare professionals.

MedicAlert bracelets and other emblems contain information that ensures fast diagnosis and appropriate treatment when you or a loved one are having a seizure, an allergic reaction, an asthma attack or any other medical emergency.

Membership in MedicAlert costs $35 the first year and $20 each year after.

For more information, visit the MedicAlert Web site (, or talk to your doctor about whether a MedicAlert bracelet or other emblem would be helpful for you.


Kids Safety on the Net
If you want to feel assured that you’re doing everything you can to protect your child from danger from Internet contacts, talk with your children about the following guidelines:

When online, children should NEVER do any of the following without parents’ permission:

  • Give out personal information—name, address, telephone, age, school name, etc.
  • Use a credit card
  • Share passwords (not even with friends)
  • Meet someone in person that they’ve talked to online
  • Respond to messages that make them feel uncomfortable or scared

It’s a good idea to set limits on the amount of time your child can spend at the computer. Set an alarm clock if it’s hard to keep track of time. Keep the computer in a central place, and keep an eye on what you’re child’s doing at the computer.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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