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:
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.
you have anything more than a mild vision problem, chances are you’ll
still need glasses, even with the exercises.
results of exercises last only as long as you keep exercising.
Source:F. Armstrong. Beyond Glasses. UC Books, Pacific Grove, California, 1998.
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
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.
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
Source: AAP News, May 1998.
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For more information, visit the MedicAlert Web site (http://www.medicalert.org), or talk to your doctor about whether a MedicAlert
bracelet or other emblem would be helpful for you.
Kids Safety on the
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
- Give out personal information—name, address, telephone, age, school
- 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.
Centers for Disease Control