As we age, our body needs an increased level of attention. However, one thing we tend to overlook is the need to take care of our vision. Vision loss is one of the top 10 causes for disability in the U.S., and the number of people with sight problems will double in the next 30 years, as reported by “ParTNers for Health”. Most of us do not notice sight issues, ie cataracts, glaucoma, etc. until the problem is at a critical stage. A regular visit to your optometrist is very necessary as we grow older. But also, there are some regular habits we can develop that keep your eyes healthy and keep your world around you clearer.
Eat for Better Sight – Most have heard that carrots are good for your eyesight. It is very true, but other eye friendly foods include leafy green vegetables like spinach, collards and kale, plus fish including salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Stay Fit – In addition to healthy eating, exercise can help you maintain your weight and avoid diabetes, a major cause of blindness.
Wear Safety Gear – Googles, shields and other eye guards that are made of special lenses help protect your eyes during sporting events or while gardening, woodworking or other active hobbies.
Shade Your Eyes – Wear sunglasses that block 100% UV-A and UV-B rays.
Do not Smoke – Smoking can lead to AMD, cataracts, nerve damage and blindness.
Remember 20-20-20 – When using a phone or computer, every 20 minutes look away about 20 feet for 20 seconds to rest your eyes.
Keep it Clean – If you wear contacts, wash your hands and your lenses the right way to avoid eye infections.