Healthy Aging Tips For Your Eyes

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 10-Sep-2012

There’s no simple way around it: age affects vision. Presbyopia, which can make it difficult to see things up close, is a common vision impairment due to age. Cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are several other eye conditions aging adults may face.

While there’s nothing you can do to prevent your eyes from aging, taking good care of your eyes could slow age-related vision impairment and deterioration. To preserve your vision as much as possible, follow these healthy aging tips:

o Maintain regular eye exams. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to detect any eye conditions or vision loss. As with many health conditions, the early eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration are detected, the more that can be done to slow the progression of damage to your eyes. Even if you are healthy and have not experienced vision loss, an annual eye exam is a must.

o Protect your eyes from the sun. Simply wearing sunglasses while outside can prevent damage and slow age-related vision impairment. The UV rays emitted from the sun can be extremely damaging to your eyes. They are known to cause cataracts and lead to macular degeneration. Look for sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can also help protect your eyes from the sun.

o Take your vitamins. It’s not a gimmick -- multivitamins can help promote eye health. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral zinc are especially important to the health of your eyes. Even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet, chances are that you are not getting enough of these important vitamins and minerals. To ensure you always get enough, take a daily multivitamin.

o Don’t smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to the eye, which can lead to eye diseases. For individuals at risk of diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, smoking can greatly increase that risk.

o Work smart. While working, keep your workspace well light. A dimly lit workspace can increase strain on your eyes. It’s also important to allow your eyes to rest occasionally, especially if you work long hours on the computer. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, move your eyes away from the screen and focus on something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

We can’t turn back time or stop the progression of age, but there are things we can do to slow deterioration to vision caused by age. If you notice any changes in your vision, do not wait to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Vision loss cannot be reversed, so early detection is key.

Click here to schedule a comprehensive exam with the experienced doctors at Key-Whitman.

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