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  • People often find that quality of life improves when they turn 60.

      People often find that quality of life improves when they turn 60.

  • Eye health depends on how you treat them. Take plenty of breaks and follow experts' advice.

      Eye health depends on how you treat them. Take plenty of breaks and follow experts' advice.

 

Perks, quirks of 60

There are some surprising benefits of aging, according to the October/November issue of AARP the Magazine.

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"What to Expect in Your 60s" rounds up "the good, the bad and the what's-up-with-that? transformations" that men and women encounter as they enter a decade best known for retirement and senior citizen discounts, says The Washington Post.

From your skin -- drier, but clearer -- to your sex life -- more time, fewer distractions, less self-consciousness -- there's plenty to look forward to, says the article, which includes tips on preserving your bones, stoking your metabolism, strengthening your immunity and keeping your brain sharp.

Aging does not mean a sudden and complete shutdown of the body and mind, the piece argues. Unconvinced? Don't sweat it. "Aging is not only slow; it's often imperceptible from year to year," says the article.

A sharp eye

It's safe to assume that most of us are digitally obsessed.

Constant iPhone access means you're the first to know about anything and everything, but when it comes to modern technology adversely affecting your eye health -- not so savvy, says website FabFitFun.

But it's hard to unplug. Optometrist Dr. Bogard Chang offers tips on how to get your daily dose of viral videos and still keep your eyes healthy.

Get a complete eye exam: Computer screens emit and reflect light, which can cause eye strain, blurry vision, dryness, itchiness, redness and headaches, among other symptoms. The best way to combat these symptoms is to get a complete eye exam.

Adjust the screen: Reduce the brightness of your computer screen and lower the monitor 15 degrees from your line of sight. This makes you lower your eyelids, helping to minimize your eyes' exposure to air.

Shift spots: Stay away from windows and fluorescent lights, which can cause additional glare. Also, avoid AC or a fan blowing directly into your face, which can both cause more dryness.

Exercise your eyes: Remember to blink often. One easy eye exercise you can do is to gaze up to the ceiling without moving your head for 10 seconds. Then gaze to the right, gaze down and gaze left, holding each position for 10 seconds. Repeat the rotating gaze exercise clockwise.

Give it a rest: Try the 20/20 rule: Take a 20-second break from the screen every 20 minutes.

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