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PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR SAVING YOUR VISION

 PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR SAVING YOUR VISION
 FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Good vision and eye health


is something we often take for granted until problems arise. What we generally do not consider, according to Frank Karlo, a senior executive at the international eyeware manufacturer, Safilo Group, is that by practicing simple preventive eyecare now we can often reduce or eliminate certain visual problems down the road.
 In observance of Save Your Vision Week (March 1-7), Karlo and other experts at Safilo Group, offer these practical suggestions to maintain good vision.
 -- Yearly eye examinations are critical to good eye health. Besides just checking your visual acuity, regular exams are important in detecting early stages of eye disease, such as glaucoma, before symptoms manifest.
 -- Protection from the sun's hazardous ultraviolet rays is as essential for your eyes as it is for your skin. UV rays have been proven to cause premature cataracts. Now more than ever it is a must that you wear quality sunglasses providing full ultraviolet protection when outdoors. When selecting sunwear, check lens tags to be sure they provide 100 percent UV protection. Sunglasses which do not protect sufficiently against UV rays are actually worse for your eyes than wearing no sunglasses at all, since the shade they provide dilates your pupils, allowing large amounts of UV to enter the eye.
 -- Computer screens are also a source of ultraviolet rays. Often computer users report headaches, nausea, and dizziness from UV and screen glare.
 To combat this problem, Safilo Group suggests you obtain or equip your current eyeglasses with a protective UV coating and a slight tint to reduce glare. It is also a good idea to take frequent breaks and not stare at your terminal for long periods of time.
 -- If you wear eyeglasses, keep in mind that looking through the optical center of your lens is important for good sight. Frames which are loose and slide down your face are not only annoying but make the correction less effective, since you are not seeing through the proper portion of the lens. If your frames fit loosely, have them adjusted by your eyecare professional.
 -- Don't try to be your own eye doctor. Drug store magnifiers won't ruin your sight, however, chances are slim that both your eyes will need the same correction. Only your eyecare professional can determine the proper level of correction for each eye resulting in the clearest possible sight.
 -- Protect your vision by wearing safety glasses when working with flying or hazardous material. Always read labels of chemicals and solvents prior to use for eye protection precautions.
 -- For women, it's a good idea to replace your mascara every two months. Also, properly clean or replace eye make-up applicators at the same interval, and never share make-up or applicators. These precautions will reduce the chance of spreading eye bacterias and infections.
 Karlo available for interviews.
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 /CONTACT: Jane George, 201-575-6200, for Safilo Group/ CO: Safilo Group ST: New Jersey IN: HEA SU: PS -- NYFNS3 -- 3556 02/28/92 07:31 EST
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