How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy As You Age

Aging is inevitable and as we age, we experience weaker vision and sometimes, vision problems such as cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  However, through proper eye care and good lifestyle, it is possible to decrease our risk for age-related damage to our eyes.

Here are 7 tips to help you preserve a healthy pair of aging eyes:

1. Protect your eyes with good quality shades or glasses.

The sun’s UV rays can really damage your eyes; that’s why it is important to protect them by wearing sunglasses or normal glasses with UV filters.

2. Limit screen use.

The glare caused by light reflecting off the surfaces from digital screens into your eyes can cause eye muscle fatigue.  Whether it’s your computer, smart phone, tablet or TV, make sure to take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest, and much better, wear anti-reflective lenses.

3. Remove your contacts before bedtime.

Even though your contacts are intended for overnight wear, it is strongly advised to remove them before your sleep.  Without it, your eyes will be able to breathe while you sleep.

4. Eat healthy.

A healthy diet is a very important factor in taking care of your eyes.  Eat a well-balanced diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and Vitamins C and E such as green leafy vegetables, squash, carrots, salmon, tuna and citrus fruits.

5. Get enough sleep.

Not having adequate sleep can cause your eyes to be fatigued and strained.  So make sure that you give your peepers a good quality rest and wake up the next day refreshed.

6. Quit smoking.

Smoking can increase the risk of acquiring certain eye problems because it reduces blood flow to the eyes and increases the amount of toxic substances that your eyes absorb.

7. Have regular visits to your eye doctor.

For everyone who reaches the age of 40, annual eye examination is a must.  Through these exams, your eye doctor can check for signs of certain eye problems or the possibility of acquiring one due to an existing medical condition.  Never ignore your doctor’s advice!

About Toni Marie

Toni is a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health.
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