As we age, it’s normal to experience some changes to our vision. But by taking proactive steps to care for your eyes, you can ward off many of the eye problems associated with aging — and the negative impact they have on your daily life.
To help you protect your eyesight, we’ve put together some tips for avoiding the most common vision problems associated with aging.
Recognize Potential Problems
Some common vision-related disorders in seniors include:
- Low vision. This form of vision loss results from injuries or diseases of the eye and can make it tough to read, drive, shop and recognize people.
- Presbyopia. You may have this condition if you have trouble focusing on close objects; symptoms can include eye strain, headaches and difficulty reading small type.
- Dry eyes are more common in people over age 65; symptoms include blurred vision, burning and a feeling of grittiness.
- Cataracts. Half of Americans develop this lens-clouding condition by the age of 80; symptoms can include dim or blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, sensitivity to light, halos surrounding lights, and yellow or faded colors.
If you notice any symptoms related to your vision, it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Focus on Nutrition
Good nutrition can help keep your eyes healthy as you age. Choose foods that are rich in vitamins — particularly A and C — including fish and green, leafy vegetables. Maintaining the health of your macula, the part of your eye that controls your central vision, means getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Stop Smoking
If you smoke, you’re exposing your eyes to too much oxidative stress, medical experts say. Smoking can negatively impact the chances that you’ll develop any number of conditions that affect your eye health.
- Get Some Exercise
Regular physical activity can help boost your circulation, which provides more oxygen to your eyes and aids in removing toxins. By getting some exercise, you’ll also increase the chances of keeping your weight in the healthy range, which lowers the risk of developing diabetes and its associated eye problems.
- Catch Plenty of Winks
Sleep is critical for keeping eye problems at bay; it gives your eyes a chance for uninterrupted lubrication, and it cleans out dust and other irritants. It’s important to protect your eyes from the sun, but research indicates that we also need some exposure to natural light to keep our sleep-wake cycles regular.
- Protect Your Eyes
When you do go out in the sun, shield your eyes with ultraviolet-blocking sunglasses. In addition, wearing a hat with a brim will help lower the dose of UV radiation that seeps around your sunglasses and gets into your eyes.
- See Your Doctor Regularly
Are you taking steps to protect your vision? To stay safe and keep your eyes at their best as you age, be sure to see your doctor for regular vision checks. To learn more about healthy living at The Cypress of Charlotte, please contact us.