It’s easy to take good vision for granted. That’s why you should take steps to protect your eyesight and prevent or prolong eye problems and diseases from developing. Here are some ways to improve the health of your eyes, especially with aging:
Eat a balanced diet. Certain foods such as green, leafy vegetables have vitamins and minerals that may help prevent or delay the onset of vision problems and diseases. Oily fish such as salmon and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Get moving. Exercise improves blood circulation, which increases the flood of blood to the optic nerve and retina. Studies show regular exercise can even reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to several different diseases, and it can make you more prone to cataracts and other eye diseases. Talk to your doctor for smoking cessation ideas such as medications and free programs to help you quit.
Watch your weight. Obesity increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, which can lead to a number of vision-related problems, including blindness. Obesity can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, which can lead to eye diseases such as hypertensive retinopathy.
Get your sleep. A lack of sleep can leave your eyes feeling strained and dry. A 2019 study of more than 6,700 people over the age of 40 in the United States shows a possible link between glaucoma and sleep problems.
Wear sunglasses. You need to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Wearing sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection will help tremendously. Also wear sunglasses on overcast days as the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds as well.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat. In addition to wearing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat can protect your entire face from the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your eyes and your skin.
Take a break from your electronic devices. Staring at your computer screen or smartphone can strain your eyes,
Use lubricating drops to soothe dry eyes. If you suffer from dry eye, you know the discomfort it can bring. Talk to your doctor about artificial tears and whether over-the-counter and prescription options are best for you.
Regular eye exams are important to maintaining eye health and detecting diseases and conditions at their earliest, most treatable stages to prevent further damage. Schedule an appointment today by calling our Springfield office at (413) 782-0030.