As you age, you may notice that your eyesight isn’t as sharp as it used to be, along with other changes to your visual health. Although it’s normal to experience visual changes as you age, there are steps you can take to promote strong visual health. Read on as your provider of high-quality eye services, Viewpoint Vision Care, discusses five of them as we celebrate Healthy Aging Month this September.
1. Eat Eye-Healthy Foods
Many foods contain substantial amounts of eye-friendly nutrients. Tuna, mackerel, and other coldwater fish, for example, are loaded with omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are known for their lubricating properties. Eating them on a regular basis can help reduce your risk of developing dry eyes later on.
2. Know Your Family History
Family history is a major risk factor for most age-related eye conditions, which is why it’s important to know about any eye conditions that run in the family. If your family members developed presbyopia in their adult years, for example, chances are so will you. We can prescribe multi-powered eyeglasses or contact lenses to help improve your visual acuity.
3. Refrain From Vision-Threatening Habits
Cigarettes contain chemicals and substances that damage not only your lung tissues, but your ocular cells as well. They also have potent vasoconstricting effects, restricting blood flow to your eyes. This may result in limited oxygen and nutrient supply to your eyes, causing permanent damage.
4. Have a Comprehensive Eye Exam Regularly
Having routine eye exams is a key ingredient to achieving healthy aging eyes. This helps in the prompt identification and management of various eye diseases, halting their advancement.
5. Wear Sunglasses All the Time
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays may have cumulative negative effects on your eye health. While you may not feel any visual changes right now, you could develop cataracts, photokeratitis, and retinopathies later as a result of UV exposure. This is why it’s always essential to wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
For more tips for keeping your eyes in good condition until your golden years, or to learn about our wide variety of high-quality contact lenses, call us at (586) 221-4360. We serve Shelby Township, MI.