Keeping your eyes and eyesight healthy is important at any age. But, the older we get, the more likely we are to encounter issues with our vision. Worrying about the health of your eyes can be a frightening concern. Yet, as is the case with many of the challenges of age, there is a lot we can do to maintain our health and wellbeing.
The National Institute for Senior Health has important information on keeping our eyes and eyesight healthy. They’ve included tips, a quiz, a listing of related topics and more. Be sure to take look.
Here are 5 of the important tips they share:
#1 Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy balanced diet is important for your overall health and wellbeing. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, or collard greens can help to keep your eyes healthy and disease free. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
#2 Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes. This increases your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma, which can eventually lead to vision loss.
#3 Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The best sunglasses are those that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Sun exposure is associated with developing cataract and age-related macular degeneration.
#4 Avoid Smoking
Smoking is bad for your eyes and the rest of your body. Smoking increases the risk of developing age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract, and can damage the optic nerve.
#5 Give Your Eyes a Rest
If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you can forget to blink your eyes and your eyes can get tired. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20-minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.