Everyone will age and find they need to take better care of themselves. The aging process affects our eyes too, but there are several ways to help keep your eyesight healthy.
Our eyes age along with the rest of our organs. Many of us will need reading glasses at some point in our lifetime.
This occurs as the lenses in our eyes naturally lose some of their flexibility over time and therefore makes it harder for our eyes to focus on objects that are farther away from us.
Other eye conditions can develop as we age including dry eye, glaucoma, detached retina, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Most of these common eye issues can be delayed or reversed especially when they are caught early. But the only way to catch age-related eye issues is through a comprehensive eye exam.
Another key component of protecting our eyes as we age is by developing healthy habits. It is never too late to start developing healthier habits, which can help reduce your risk to certain eye issues.
Common habits that can help our eyes include staying active, protecting your eyes from ultraviolet rays, and to quit smoking. Eating healthy can help protect your eyes, especially if you eat foods like bell peppers, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and turkey to name a few.
Protecting your eyes from eye strain in the digital age is also an important habit to develop.
As we continue to spend more time in front of screens — TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets — we are tiring our eyes out for long stretches. An easy method to follow is the 20-20-20 rule. Focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes you are focused on a screen.
It is vital to protect your ages as they age. The best way to stay ahead of any serious eye issues is to contact your family eye care provider for annual eye exams.