On Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning America, Food Network star Sandra Lee revealed to host Robin Roberts that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lee received the news in March during a photo shoot for People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue, she shared with Roberts, who is herself a survivor of breast cancer.
“I walked off the set, and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I had breast cancer,” Lee told Roberts. “I didn't even cry. I was stunned… You know, and that's just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime.” The cancer was detected during the course of a routine mammogram.
Although she quickly scheduled a lumpectomy, both her radiologist and her doctor told Lee that she was “a ticking time bomb” and urged her to undergo surgery for a bilateral mastectomy — the removal of both breasts.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lee’s longtime partner, will be in the operating room during the surgery, which is scheduled to take place later this week.
The governor also announced that he would take time off to support her. “A situation like this quickly puts life in the proper perspective and reminds one of what's truly important,” Cuomo said Tuesday in a statement. “To that end, I expect to take some personal time because I want to be with Sandy to support her in any way I can as she handles the trauma of her operation and the pain of the recovery.”
Lee, who is 48 and has no family history of breast cancer, said that she wanted to share her diagnosis with the public in the hopes of encouraging younger women to get screened regularly. On her personal Facebook page, Lee reiterated the need for her followers to take quick action.
“Girls in 20s and their 30s just have to know,” said Lee. “And I don't want women to wait. And that's why I'm talking… If it saves one person, and makes one more person go get a mammogram, and if they're sitting down right now watching this, don't watch this TV. Go pick your phone up and call your doctor, and get your rear end in there and get a mammogram right now.”
Sandra Lee reveals breast cancer diagnosis, opts for double mastectomy
Food and TV personality Sandra Lee, 48, revealed Tuesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of this year.
Though her specific cancer, DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), is relatively common, noninvasive, and can normally be treated with a lumpectomy followed by radiation or a mastectomy, Lee decided on a double mastectomy.
"I never want to go through this again," she told People.
She explained that she was worried about the grueling weeks of radiation should she have chosen a lumpectomy.
Lee first found out about the cancer during a routine mammogram, at which point she opted for a biopsy. She also underwent screenings for BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes that can often determine the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and fortunately tested negative.
In response to the news, Lee's partner of 10 years, New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said, "This is about her feeling secure and loved."
As for Sandra, she may have new ambitions once she finishes treatment.
"I plan to spread the word about early detection," Lee told People. She also plans to launch a video blog to thoroughly document her treatment.
Lee first made a name for herself through her Food Network show, "Semi-Homemade Cooking," which premiered in 2003. Her second series, "Sandra's Money Saving Meals," premiered in 2009. She's also released 25 books including cookbooks for kids and a memoir.
Sandra Lee Reveals She Has Breast Cancer, Andrew Cuomo To Take 'Personal Time'
Celebrity chef Sandra Lee revealed Tuesday she'll undergo a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
DCIS is considered the earliest form of breast cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic, and is defined as the "presence of abnormal cells inside a milk duct in the breast." While DCIS is a noninvasive form of breast cancer, meaning it hasn't yet left the milk duct, it does require treatment to keep it from becoming invasive.
Lee's partner of 10 years, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, released a statement Tuesday saying he would take "some personal time" to be with Lee through her mastectomy and recovery.
"A situation like this quickly puts life in the proper perspective and reminds one of what’s truly important," Cuomo said. "To that end, I expect to take some personal time because I want to be with Sandy to support her in any way I can as she handles the trauma of her operation and the pain of the recovery."
Lee originally revealed the news on "Good Morning America," noting that she got the news shortly after a shoot for People's Most Beautiful issue.
"It was March 27th," she said in an emotional interview with host Robin Roberts. "I walked off the set and 20 minutes later my doctor called me and told me I had breast cancer."
Lee's doctor told her she had the option to undergo 6-8 weeks of radiation every day, or a double mastectomy. Lee chose the second option.
"I never want to go through this again," she explained, noting that her doctor told her she was a "ticking time bomb."
Over the past two decades, an increasing number of women have opted for a double mastectomy, or the removal of both breasts, after the diagnosis of early stage breast cancer even if it's only in one breast. In 1998, 2 percent of women who were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer decided to have a double mastectomy, according to breastcancer.org, and by 2011 that number had increased to 12.3 percent.
According to People, Lee's surgery will take place later this week. Lee, who decided to start getting regular mammograms before the recommended age of 50, said she plans to be open about her situation.
"I plan to spread the word about early detection,” she explained, adding, “My doctor called me a poster girl for mammography.”
Sandra Lee Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Will Undergo Double Mastectomy
The celebrity chef opened up about the illness to People, telling the magazine that doctors alerted her to the news during what Lee believed to have been a routine mammogram.
Lee has decided to undergo a double mastectomy because she does not want to be subjected to weeks of radiation.
She also "never wants to go through this again."
Remission rates for Lee’s type of cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive cancer within the milk ducts that can become grow over time if left untreated) are fortunately high.
"My doctor called me a poster girl for mammography," says Lee, who adds that her life’s mission going forward will extend far beyond food:
"I plan to spread the word about early detection."
Other celebrities who have undergone a double mastectomy include Giuliana Rancic, Angelina Jolie, Samantha Harris and Rita Wilson.
Sandra Lee, TV Chef & Gov. Cuomo’s Partner, Has Breast Cancer
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — She’s well known for her books, TV cooking show and her romance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Now Sandra Lee is also known for her courage.
The Food Network star and Cuomo’s longtime girlfriend has revealed she has breast cancer and will undergo a double mastectomy.
During a tearful interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday, Lee told Robin Roberts, who is a breast cancer survivor, that she received the diagnosis on March 27 during a photo shoot for People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue.
“I walked off the set and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I have breast cancer,” Lee said. “I just was stunned, I didn’t even cry, I was stunned. You know, and that’s just how fast life turns, it turns on a dime.”
Lee said she initially had a lumpectomy, but it wasn’t enough. Her doctor described her as a “ticking time bomb” and recommended the double mastectomy. She is expected to undergo surgery this week.
More and more women like Angelina Jolie and Rita Wilson have been choosing a double mastectomy, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
Dr. George Raptis at North Shore LIJ credits reconstruction techniques that have dramatically improved over the last decade.
“Even some physicians have a hard time recognizing that the breast that is reconstructed is actually not the natural breast,” Raptis told Gusoff.
Counselors at the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline applaud Lee’s difficult decision to go public and so has Cuomo, Gusoff reported.
Lee said Cuomo has been “extremely supportive” and will be in the operating room with her.
“After I called my sister, he was the next call,” Lee said. “I think he was as stunned as I was.”
Cuomo said he was devastated after receiving the news and will be taking personal time to support Lee.
“Sandy is young for her diagnosis, she has no family history, she is healthy and had no symptoms or signals that she was in danger,” Cuomo said in a statement released Tuesday. “She has been diligent about going for check-ups and thankfully this was detected in the early stages.
“A situation like this quickly puts life in the proper perspective and reminds one of what&rsquos truly important. To that end, I expect to take some personal time because I want to be with Sandy to support her in any way I can as she handles the trauma of her operation and the pain of the recovery.”
“With heartfelt gratitude for your kind wishes and support, Sandy and I hope and pray to bring you good news of her strong recovery soon,” Cuomo said.
Lee wanted to go public with her diagnosis to help raise awareness about early detection, Cuomo told reporters during an appearance on Long Island Tuesday.
“Early detection matters, I believe the early detection could very well have saved Sandy’s life,” Cuomo said, adding that the diagnosis put life in perspective. “To me it’s just another reminder, one phone call can change your life…I lost my father in January, this situation with Sandy it reframes everything.”
Lee, 48, noted that if she had waited until the recommended age of 50 to get a mammogram, she probably wouldn’t be alive.
“Without early detection on my side, I could be telling a very different story — or not be here to tell it at all,” Lee said in a statement posted on Twitter.”Your best weapon in fighting this disease is to get your mammogram every year.”
She said all women, even in their 20s, should have regular exams.
Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed support to Lee and Cuomo in a statement Tuesday.
“It takes enormous courage to face a diagnosis like this, and still more to share it in the hopes of helping others,” de Blasio said. “It&rsquos a testament to her strength and compassion that she has stepped forward, and we admire her deeply for it. We know their family is strong, and that Sandy will have the all the love, support and good humor she could need in this moment.”
Sandra Lee Announces She Has Breast Cancer
Sandra Lee with New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the couple voted during the 2014 general election at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco in Westchester County.
Sandra Lee, the celebrity chef and longtime live-in girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said Tuesday that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and plans to undergo a double mastectomy this week.
“I didn’t even cry, I was stunned,” Ms. Lee, 48 years old, said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” of learning of the diagnosis. “You know, and that’s just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime.”
Ms. Lee, who lives with Mr. Cuomo at her home in Westchester County, said the governor had been “extremely supportive” in the past several weeks, during which she has already had a lumpectomy.
She plans to have a bilateral mastectomy this week and said Mr. Cuomo is “going to be in the operating room with me.”
Ms. Lee, a public personality in her own right who has hosted a number of TV cooking shows, including her signature “Semi-Homemade” series, also has begun “to document her thoughts and medical appointments in a no-holds barred video diary,” according to People magazine.
Sandra Lee Reveals Breast Cancer Battle: ‘Life Can Turn On A Dime’
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Sandra Lee Breast Cancer: Undergoing Double Mastectomy
“Life can turn on a dime,” the Food Network star told People after making the announcement.
Sandra was diagnosed in March after a routine mammogram, and has made the decision to have a double mastectomy, even though the cancer was only found in her right breast, so she does not have to go through radiation. “I never want to go through this again,” she said on GMA.
Still, despite being stunned by the diagnosis, she’s remaining positive. “It beats up your body and it beats you up emotionally,” Sandra admitted. “And it — I wasn’t going to let it rob me of one day of happiness.”
How Sandra Lee Will Use Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis To Help Others
The 48-year-old plans to use her difficult situation as a way to raise awareness for others. “I plan to spread the word about early detection,” she explains, adding, “My doctor called me a poster girl for mammography.” (Women aren’t generally suggested to begin getting regular mammograms at the age of 50).
Already, Sandra has began documenting her treatments and thoughts in a video diary, and she urged women to get early mammograms during her GMA appearance.
“I don’t want women to wait. That’s why I’m talking,” she said. “If it saves one person, and makes one more person go get a mammogram, and if they’re sitting down right now watching this — don’t watch this TV. Go pick your phone up, and call your doctor and get your rear end in there and get a mammogram right now.”
File photo of Sandra Lee speaking during the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit gala at Cipriani in New York
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sandra Lee, a television chef and longtime girlfriend of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the governor will be taking time off to be with her, his office announced on Tuesday. Lee, 48, will undergo a double mastectomy this week, she said in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" program. The cancer was detected in its early stages after a mammogram in March, Lee said. "That's just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime," Lee added. Lee said she has had a lumpectomy and now has chosen to proceed with the mastectomy. "A situation like this quickly puts life in the proper perspective and reminds one of what's truly important," Cuomo said in a statement released by his office. "To that end, I expect to take some personal time because I want to be with Sandy to support her in any way I can as she handles the trauma of her operation and the pain of the recovery," Cuomo said. A celebrity chef, Lee promotes what she calls "Semi-Homemade" cooking, using a mix of prepackaged and fresh products in her recipes. She hosts shows on the Food Network, is author of several cookbooks and is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Magazine. She also has launched lines of home, garden and craft products and produced a do-it-yourself home improvement series. Cuomo, a Democrat, has been governor since 2010. (Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst Editing by Will Dunham)
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Lee’s personal ethos of “pick up your big-girl panties and march down the street” served her well as she soldiered on through surgery and came out cancer-free later in 2015. Once again she is forging ahead, advocating for changes to improve health-care legislation with the help of her longtime boyfriend, New York governor Andrew Cuomo. And this month on HBO she’s releasing the documentary Rx: Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee, which provides an intimate look at her experiences, from diagnosis to remission. “It’s not a sexy doc,” Lee says. “It’s like, here’s what I learned, what I did, and what can help you. Now have a nice life, a glass of rosé, and be a good girl.”
No Excuses To help make cancer screenings more affordable, Lee aims to expand to other states New York’s Get Screened, No Excuses law, which requires insurance companies to waive deductibles and co-payments for mammograms. “Early detection is the one thing that can save you,” Lee says, emphasizing the importance of yearly mammograms. “Cancer doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, Republican or Democrat — it’s an equal-opportunity disease.”
Overcoming obstacles “It’s not just about physical health — it’s about mental health too,” Lee says, adding that the first time she saw the entire documentary, in a room full of HBO executives, it was hard to watch. But after warm responses from audiences at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, Lee feels energized. “Everyone who has seen it tells me, ‘I need to go get my mammogram,’ ” she says. “People are doing what they’re supposed to do. The film is accomplishing its goal. Now I just need to get those laws passed.”
Show of support In Rx, a vulnerable Lee leans on Cuomo and her sister Kimber for support. “It’s not just about the person going through it,” she says. “Without Kimmy and Andrew there, it would’ve been awful for me.”
Power statement As Lee says in the documentary, “It’s not your boobs that make you beautiful it’s your strength.” She now revels in wearing revealing necklines to show the world she’s not ashamed of her post-surgery body. “I want women to say, ‘She had a double mastectomy and she has the you know whats to wear a neckline that low?’ Like walking into that operating room with my head held high, I will wear my plunging necklines, and I will be very happy that I’m alive to do it.” —Shalayne Pulia
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"Fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats, fatty fish, whole grains and low-fat dairy provide the eyes with support they need to prevent damage.""It's true that carrots are good for your eyes," adds Elmquist. "A diet that's rich in fruits and vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens as well as fish high in omega 3-fatty acids can help protect your vision." 3 You're Not Following the 20-20-20 Rule Several eye doctors told us that if you stare at your phone or a computer screen all day, practice 20-20-20 to reduce eye strain: "Every 20 minutes, look away from screens and focus about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds," explains Elmquist. And don't forget to blink. "Blinking regularly is also critical for cleansing and lubricating the surface of the eye," he says. "Studies show that we tend to blink less when using a digital device, and the smaller the screen, the less we blink."The Rx: You might need to remember to make blinking a routine. "Each time you get up to use the restroom or go to a meeting, try to do five complete blinks to remoisten your eyes," suggests Charissa Lee, OD, an optometrist and director of education at Johnson&Johnson Vision. "Complete blinking is important to activate your oil glands in your lids and to spread these beneficial oils—and your protective tear film layer—across your eyes." 4 You're Giving Yourself Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) "We unknowingly ruin our vision when we create a lifestyle that speeds up the aging process," says Kellie Blake, RDN, LD, IFNCP, a registered dietitian nutritionist based in West Virginia. Oxidative stress—the process of cell damage that antioxidants prevent—can increase as the body ages, she explains. "If our lifestyle speeds up this process, the delicate tissues of the eye are susceptible to damage, and diseases like dry eye syndrome (DES) can result. DES can cause vision loss if root causes are not addressed, like an inadequate vitamin D level, a nutrient-poor diet, autoimmune disease, medication use and inflammatory skin conditions."The Rx: "We can slow down the aging of our cells and protect our eyes by creating a lifestyle that keeps our mitochondria healthy," says Blake. "Following a plant-based, nutrient-rich diet is critical, but we must also obtain restful sleep, practice mindful movement, and manage stress in a healthy way." 5 You're Using Expired Makeup "Because makeup can come in contact with your eyes, applying expired makeup products means giving an easy passage to bacteria and other infections," says Christine Joy, OD, an optometrist and VSP Network doctor in New York City.The Rx: "As a rule, you should replace your eye makeup every three months to reduce risk of infection," says Joy. "Also, make it a practice to remove makeup every night, and never share your makeup." 6 You're Stressing Out If you're constantly tearing your hair out, your eyes will pay for it. "Unmanaged chronic mental stress takes a physical toll on the body and can be problematic for the ocular system," says Jeanette Kimszal, RDN, NLC, a registered dietitian based in New Jersey. "According to research, chronic stress that cause surges of the stress hormone cortisol can negatively impact the nervous system. When the nervous system isn't functioning properly, it can affect our brain and eyes, resulting in problems with vision."Cortisol also tells the body to hang onto fat, particularly around your midsection. And it's sneaky. Adds Kimszal: "The biggest problem with stress is that someone may not feel they are under stress, but their body could still be pumping out cortisol. This constant stressed state can also deplete the body of needed nutrients."The Rx: Fight stress with exercise, spending time with loved ones, and relaxation techniques such as meditation and mindfulness. Diet can help: "Vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids are needed to maintain healthy vision," says Kimszal. 7 You're Rubbing Your Eyes Your mom was right: Your face really could freeze that way. "Rubbing your eyes too frequently can cause microvascular damage to the small blood vessels under the skin," says Anthony Kouri, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toledo Medical Center. "This leads to dark circles and puffiness. Rubbing your eyes also causes premature aging to the skin around the eyes, including wrinkles and drooping eyelids."The Rx: Hands off! "Avoid rubbing this area to maintain your youthful look," says Kouri.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 8 You're Smoking Smoke getting in your eyes might have inspired a pretty ballad, but in reality, there's nothing romantic about it. "Smoking creates oxidative stress on tissues throughout the body. In the eyes, the areas most prone to this are the macula [an area in the center of the retina] and the lens," says Wang. "The formation of free radicals may contribute to the development of macular degeneration and cataracts, which have been shown to occur more commonly and at an earlier age in those who smoke. Externally, the smoke is an irritant on the delicate structures of the cornea and conjunctiva, which can lead to chronic dry and red eyes."The Rx: If you haven't stopped smoking, what more are you waiting for? See your doctor if you're having trouble quitting nicotine patches and gums can help. 9 You're Not Getting Enough Sleep "If we aren't getting enough sleep at night, it can accelerate the aging process," says Kouri. "This can lead to bloodshot eyes, dark circles, eye twitching (known as myokymia) and blurry vision. Over long periods of time with inadequate rest, we can experience popped blood vessels due to eye strain. Additionally, we may experience dry eyes which can cause pain, itchiness, and sensitivity to light."The Rx: Experts including the National Sleep Foundation say that adults of all ages should get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. That won't just help preserve your vision—it's been shown to lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and depression. 10 You're Not Getting An Annual Eye Exam It's a common misconception that you should only see an eye doctor when you notice there's a problem with your vision. "Even though you may think you see fine, it's important to book an appointment with your eye doctor annually," says Lee. "When you go in, they'll make sure to check all aspects of your eye health, including how healthy the front and back of your eyes are. This can help identify potential issues such as Meibomian gland dysfunction—otherwise known as dry eye—early signs of glaucoma, or even things as serious as a melanoma."RELATED: The #1 Reason You Could Get Cancer, According to Science 11 You Have Untreated Myopia (Nearsightedness) Nearsightedness may seem like a harmless consequence of aging, but "if it goes untreated, it can cause irreversible vision impairment and blindness," says Lee. Genetics can raise your risk, along with lifestyle factors like doing too much near work (reading, writing or screen time) and spending a limited time outdoors.The Rx: "The Environmental Protection Agency reports Americans, on average, spend 90% of their time indoors, so make a conscious effort to spend more time outdoors, especially while the weather is nice," says Lee. 12 You Have Poor Hygiene Keeping your hands and eyes clean is the easiest thing you can do to maintain eye health. "Poor hygiene can increase your risk of eye health issues like infection," says Lee.The Rx: "To lessen this risk you should wash your hands often to lessen the risk of bacteria being transferred to your eyes if you tend to rub them," says Lee. "If you're a contact lens wearer, make sure you're swapping out your case every two to three months, and use solutions made for your contact lenses specifically. Also, do not wear contact lenses in the shower or while swimming."RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 13 You're Not Wearing Goggles When Swimming You don't want to open your eyes too much in the pool. Really. "Human eyes are not intended to function properly under water, hence the blurriness when trying to see there," says Richard Foulkes, MD, an ophthalmologist and founder of Foulkes Vision in Chicago. "Think about everything that goes into a pool: Chemicals like chlorine, sunblock, sweat, dust, urine can all come into contact with your eyes. Believe it or not, saltwater is actually safer on your eyes than chlorine. If you wear contacts, contamination can be absorbed onto a contact lens, and keeping the lens on the cornea can lead to infections. Any debris can also get caught under the contact lens, causing corneal ulcers or corneal lacerations."The Rx: "Always wear good-fitting goggles when you swim," says Foulkes. And make sure they're snug. "If they don't fit properly, water can leak into the goggles, causing irritation and even leading to infection." 14 You're Using Contact Lenses Wrong "Not disposing of contacts within the recommended time frame and sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk of bacterial infection and inflammation in the eyes," says Joy. "Wearing contacts too long during the day can decrease the amount of oxygen to the eye and cause dry eyes or irritation. Swimming or showering in contact lenses is also a big no-no. You can put yourself at risk for a dangerous, sight threatening infection called Acanthamoeba, a type of amoeba that lives in the water, which can get trapped under contact lenses."The Rx: "It is highly recommended to remove contact lenses while swimming, showering or taking a nap," advises Joy. "Make sure to dispose your contacts regularly and give your eyes a break with glasses when you're able to." 15 You're Not Exercising "Your eyes benefit from exercise just as much as the rest of your body. High blood pressure and diabetes can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle," says Joy. Both can contribute to vision problems. "Regular exercise not only helps to prevent these diseases, but also reduces your chances of developing glaucoma. Much like our brain, our eyes need oxygen to maintain an optimal level of performance."The Rx: "Exercising regularly, even a light walk, is a great way to keep your eyes sharp."RELATED: I'm A Doctor And Warn You Never Take This Supplement 16 You're Not Wearing Safety Goggles Forty-five percent of eye injuries occur at home, "often due to inadequate eye protection," says Kouri. "Household hazards include chemicals from cleaning or pool supplies, home improvement projects or hot grease from cooking."The Rx: Better to be safe than (really, really) sorry. "If you're doing a home improvement project or cleaning around the house, it's best to wear protective eye gear," says Kouri. 17 You're Drinking Too Much Turns out the expression "blind drunk" isn't just a turn of phrase. "Heavy drinking can have adverse effects on your eyesight by aggravating and intensifying symptoms of dry eye," says Joy. "These symptoms may include stinging or burning sensations in your eyes, sensitivity to light, redness, discomfort when wearing contact lenses and eye fatigue."The Rx: Experts say men should limit themselves to two drinks a day, and women should stop at one. Not just for your vision, but to cut your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 18 You're Addicted to Screens "Use of digital devices and cell phones can contribute to significant eye strain," says Ming Wang, MD, PhD, an eye surgeon and founder of the Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. "The strain of focusing for close activities can cause the eyes in some people to lock into near focus, which can cause distance vision to be blurry temporarily. Over time, it may lead to the development of more nearsightedness as the eyes adjust to close focus. This is believed to be part of what is causing rise to the development of more high amounts of near-sightedness among young children in technology-heavy countries like China, Japan, Korea and the United States."The Rx: Follow that 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and look 20 feet away. 19 You're Not Drinking Enough Water "It's important to keep the eyes hydrated," says Wang. "The surface of the eye is the first surface that light hits before it makes it to the back of the eye, providing vision. When the surface isn't hydrated, it can cause someone's vision to be very blurry temporarily. Over time, a poorly hydrated surface can form cracks and actually lead to minor scar tissue development, which can cause more permanent blurred vision."The Rx: "A healthy diet, drinking lots of water, and taking breaks when doing reading work are ways to keep the eyes hydrated naturally," says Wang. "If those are not enough, then the use of over-the-counter artificial tears daily two to six times daily can be helpful. If this does not provide adequate relief, seeing an eye doctor is recommended."RELATED: Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It 20 You're Not Taking Off Your Makeup At Night "For those who wear it, not removing makeup opens the eyes to risk," says Wang. "Bacteria and parasites can grow in the areas along the eyelids and eyelashes. These organisms then secrete toxins which can fall into the eye and contribute to irritation, redness, and itching. Over time, they can cause permanent damage to the structures that secrete tear components (the meibomian glands) leading to chronic dry eye."The Rx: Be sure to remove your makeup each night. And to get through life at your healthiest, Don't Take This Supplement, Which Can Raise Your Cancer Risk.
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