Our eyes grow weaker as we age, particularly when we reach our senior years. The risks of age-related eye diseases such as presbyopia, glaucoma, and macular degeneration become greater. While eye aging is unavoidable, it is manageable. In this blog, local eye doctor Nova Vision Center shares tips on how to manage your eyesight in your later years.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet plays an important part in maintaining eye health. Foods rich in zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, such as carrots, fruits, and dark leafy greens are proven by health experts to help against age-related vision problems. Recent studies have also pointed to omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, tuna, and halibut, provide the same benefits. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoking and alcoholic beverages, are also beneficial to your eyesight.
Regular Eye Exams
If you currently do not have regular eye exam appointments, you should start now. Eye conditions such as glaucoma show no warning signs, but can be detected in its early stages with a comprehensive dilated eye exam. When detected at an early stage, these eye problems can be treated or prevented. Your eye doctor will take into account your diet and medication, as well as your daily habits such as reading, watching TV, and social media use.
Research Your Family’s Eye Health History
Certain eye diseases are linked to a person’s genetic makeup, and therefore could be inherited by their offspring. For instance, if your family kas a known history of macular degeneration—an age-related degenerative condition that results in loss of central vision—chances are, you or your children may have a predisposition to it.
Rest Your Eyes
Many of our daily activities involve staring at screens for extended periods of time, which increases the risk of eyestrain, which older people are more susceptible to. Keep your eyes well-rested by following the “20-20-20 rule”: focus on an object that’s 20 feet away from you, then count 20 seconds for every 20 minutes that you spend on your computer or device. This means, if you’ve been working on your computer nonstop for an hour, take a full minute to look away. Making this a habit can do wonders for your eyes’ health.