If you were lucky enough to have perfect vision as a kid or young adult, you're probably starting to wonder if your eyesight as a senior is about to change, if it hasn't already. Unfortunately, vision changes become fairly unavoidable as you get older, especially if you've spent a good amount of time in front of a computer screen.
Eye health is something that you're never too young to start working on. Healthways Fit blog explained that it doesn't take too much effort either - good eyesight is just a matter of diet and minor lifestyle adjustments.
Check out these sight loss prevent tips to help keep your eyes happy and healthy:
Receive regular eye exams
Even if you've never been to an eye doctor before, you should start going. The American Optometric Association warned that certain eye diseases can strike with little to no symptoms, especially in seniors over the age of 60. The source explained that you might not even have changes in vision until a condition is well on it's way to creating damage. That being said, regular eye exams will stop these conditions right in their tracks, so be sure to set up an appointment with your optometrist as soon as you can.
The New York Times explained that some of these diseases that can be easy to identify are conditions like cataracts, presbyopia or glaucoma. These are all age-related eye issues that basically make it harder for you to see. Presbyopia, the source reported, is a condition that many people in their 40s start to develop, in which the lens of the eye hardens so it can't change shape, disallowing your eye to focus properly. Glaucoma attacks the optic nerve, and the eye's drainage canal becomes clogged and causes loss of vision over time. All of these are treatable - usually with medicine or surgery - but can be detrimental if not caught early enough.
Take a break from the computer
Eye strain from electronics is a growing issue for people of all ages. Many jobs require most people to sit in front of a computer screen, and All About Vision explained that trouble with vision occurs in about 50 to 90 percent of people that use computers. Sometimes these problems include blurry vision, twitches in the eye or red, dry eyes. You can invest in software that takes the brightness out of the computer screen, but you can also just get up and give your eyes a break from the light every now and then.
Improve your diet
Turns out, carrots really are good for your eyes. The NYT interviewed Dr. James C. Tsai, chairman of the department of ophthalmology at Yale who explained that this veggie has a high level of beta carotene, aka vitamin A, which your eyes use for seeing at night. You can reduce the risk of various eye diseases by getting a healthy dose of vitamins C and E as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Here is a list of some super foods provided by HF that will help you maintain healthy vision:
Is there anything working out can't fix? Believe it or not, but exercise is good for your eyes too. NYT explained that aerobics are good for lowering pressure in your eye. However, you can also give your eyes a workout themselves. HF explained that just by rolling your eyes side-to-side and up-and-down a couple of times a day will help strengthen your eyes and avoid dryness.
Wear proper eye protection outdoors
And last but not least, never forget your proper eyewear before heading outdoors. Always wear sunglasses - if you can get a stronger prescription that fights against UV rays, this is ideal - and even bring a hat with you in case it gets extra sunny and you can't find shade, warned HF.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living