It's an exciting time of the year, New Year's. This is a time to make positive changes and have a positive outlook for the remainder of the year. People make New Year's Resolutions to start the new year well. Why not resolve to protect your sight, one of the most important senses? These are some simple tips to keep your eyes healthy beyond 2013. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. A basic eye exam may reveal more serious conditions than vision problems. A visit to your eye physician can reveal hidden conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and inflammations. You can search CooperVision's Locate An Eye Doctor to find one if you don't already have one. Healthy eyes are possible with healthy eating habits. Ask your eye doctor about what you should eat to have healthier eyes. Five essential nutrients are important for healthy vision. They may also help reduce the risk of developing eye disease. These nutrients can be obtained by eating leafy greens, nuts, and shellfish to protect your eyes. Certain studies have shown that taking a vitamin or antioxidant supplement can help reduce the risk of visual acuity loss and advanced AMD progression. Sunglasses Outdoors: Sunglasses are not only fashionable but also protect your eyes against harmful UV rays. Even on cloudy days, protect your eyes. Too much UV exposure can increase your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. It can also cause temporary eye damage like photokeratitis, which Anderson Cooper suffered in December. Contact lens wearers can purchase contact lenses that provide UV protection. CooperVision's Avaira contacts have UV protection right in the lens. CooperVision wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! The display settings on your computer monitor will help to avoid straining your eyes. Your screen's brightness should be adjusted to match the surrounding light. Your screen should not look like a light source. It is too dark if it appears dull or gray. It also makes a difference in text size and contrast. It is usually easier to see dark letters against a lighter background. You can adjust your seat to prevent your eyes from becoming too tired. Your chair should be comfortable and adjust to your body. It would help if you had your feet flat on the ground. If you are not satisfied with the height of your chair, it may be necessary to adjust it. Ensure your armrests are in good condition to ensure you are typing comfortably. Ensure your document holder can tilt so your materials are displayed at an angle in front of your computer screen. The holder should be located below your monitor but above your keyboard.