6 Ways to Protect Your Eyes as You Age

Aaron Barriga

Vision problems take on a new dimension when you are over 40 or 50 years old. Like other organs, eyes age, too. It may start with common problems like blurry vision, eye floaters, and dry eyes and progress to serious conditions like presbyopia, glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and others.



Vision problems in the elderly are very common due to the loss of suppleness in the lens that is progressive with age. This phenomenon, which begins at birth, is particularly felt around the age of 45, when the crystalline lens (responsible for clear vision at all distances) modifies its curvature and the sharpness zone passes a distance greater than the one normally required to read. Vision correction is possible by using reading glasses or contact lenses, as well as by LASIK laser eye surgery.

Symptoms related to eye health as you age include:
  • Difficulty seeing things close up
  • Insufficient perception of depth
  • Alteration of the vividness of colors
  • Problems with sight in dim light
  • Loss of peripheral vision (lateral)
  • Driving problems – e.g., inability to see road signs, trouble adjusting quickly to reflections, or difficulty in recovering after being dazzled by bright headlights at night.

Tips for Better Eye Protection as You Age

Since vision is so essential to everyday life, it’s important to recognize change and act accordingly. Below are a few ways to preserve your eye health as you age:

1) Regular Eye Checkups

If you are over 45, go for regular eye exams. An ophthalmologist will help you maintain eye health as you age by examining the retina to evaluate the first signs of damage to the small blood vessels of your eye.

2) Protect Eyes from UV Rays

Reduce glare as much as possible by using good shades, filters for computer screens, and sunglasses. Wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays, which can be harmful even in gray weather.

3) Foods for Eye Health

An optimal daily intake of vitamins and minerals from melons, citrus fruits, carrots, spinach, and cabbage can delay the progression of age-related eye diseases such as maculopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.

4) Stop Smoking

Smokers are at a higher risk of developing maculopathy.

5) Physical Activity

Exercise is an important aid in improving blood circulation, which in turn improves the amount of oxygen sent to the eyes and promotes the elimination of toxins for better eye health.

6) Avoid Stress to the Eyes

Limit your screen time. If you are using smartphones, tablets, or computers for long durations, take a break every half hour and relax your eyes by taking a walk outside or cupping your eyes with your palms.

Other Tips
  • Provide good lighting in all rooms.
  • Use bright colors and high contrasts in living spaces.
  •  Wear safety glasses in your workshop or when using chemicals such as ammonia.
  •  Make sure aerosols and sprays do not point in your direction.
  •  Read the Life Extension Eye Health Protocol for nutrient suggestions.
As you start aging, various vision problems may appear and impair your eye health and quality of life. Early detection will allow you to receive treatment and preserve your visual comfort. Visit an eye specialist regularly for optimum eye health and to prevent problems before they progress.

Author Bio: Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for insightvisioncenter.com. With a knack for understanding medical procedures and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care and eye health. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.


Sources:

  1. http://visionsource.com/blog/how-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy-as-you-age/
  2. http://visionsource.com/blog/protect-your-sight-as-you-age/
  3. http://www.insightvisioncenter.com/10-super-foods-promote-healthy-vision/
  4. https://www.rebuildyourvision.com/blog/vision-tips/just-because-youre-getting-older-doesnt-mean-you-have-to-succumb-to-poor-vision/

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