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Been squinting a lot lately? Have to move your magazine six inches away from your eyes to read it? Vision problems creep up on you as you age. But good habits -- not unlike the ones you've already established to protect your heart, bones, and brain -- can help keep your eyes healthy. Try these simple tips to safeguard your vision now and for years to come.

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Don't forget your shades. You need to fend off the sun's ultraviolet rays at every age. That's because UV rays can cause eye diseases, increased nearsighted­ness, and skin cancer around the eyes, says Alice Lyon, M.D., director of vitreoretinal service at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and ophthalmologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Wear sunglasses anytime you're outdoors or driving (keep a spare pair in your car), even if it's overcast -- UV rays can do harm when it's cloudy, too. Health.com: The best sunglasses for healthy eyes

Make over your workspace. Spending hours in front of a computer can cause tired, aching, and dry eyes, and possibly eyestrain headaches, according to the American Optometric Association. Avoid these woes by placing your monitor as far as possible from your eyes, but not so far that you have to squint. Read full article »

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