I want to be able to see my wrinkles and great-grandchildren when I reach old age, so I’m taking care of my eyesight now. Macular degeneration and other vision impairing issues can occur as we age and rob us of our ability to see, but a few easy lifestyle changes can improve eye health now and in the future. Use these 5 tips to prevent age-related vision loss so no one, not even Father Time, will be able to pull the wool over your eyes.
There’s very little that regular exercise won’t improve, and that includes eye health. Working out at least three times per week, 30 minutes each time, significantly reduces the risk of developing macular degeneration.
Physical activity improves blood circulation which in turn increases the oxygen delivery to the eyes. The increased oxygen level also reduces inflammation and promotes the removal of toxins from the body, all of which help to prevent age-related macular degeneration.
Mom knew what she was talking about when she told us to eat our carrots because they were good for our eyes. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which help keep the eyes moist and prevent infection. Milk, cheese, egg yolks and liver are also good food choices to improve eye health.
Broccoli, kale and spinach contain an antioxidant called lutein, which enables our eyes to discern variations in color and contrast.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help keep eye moist and reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Cold water fish, olive oil and nuts are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Visit your eye are professional once a year for a check up, even if you don’t wear corrective lenses. Early detection is key to treating eye diseases and an eye exam can reveal the presence of diabetes and other health conditions before symptoms appear.
Not just any sunglasses, but ones that block out 100% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. A wrap-around design and/or wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors to protect your eyes from peripheral sun rays. Frequent exposure to damaging sun ras increase the risk of cataracts and eyelid melanomas.
Take a daily multivitamin that contains zinc, lutein and antioxidants to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Smoking constricts blood vessels in the entire body, including the eyes, and causes irreparable damage to the optic nerves.