Adequate vision is an extremely important part of feeling good and healthy. Of all the senses, vision is the most highly relied on for optimal enjoyment of life. Of course, vision changes occur as we age and taking good care of your eye health is essential. Color differences become less discrete, eyes require more light, glare and darkness interfere, and it becomes more difficult to see things that are near.
There are some important steps to taking care of your eyes as you age:
- Regular eye exams with an optometrist or ophthalmologist
- Making necessary changes in order to improve or sustain vision
- Taking good care of your overall health
According to the Office on Women’s Health, (2014) the advice for taking care of your eye health is to:
- Get regular eye checkups because eye diseases don’t always have symptoms. African-Americans over age 40 should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. If you have diabetes, you need an eye exam at least once a year. Ask your doctor how often you should have your eyes checked.
- Protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses and a hat
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, try to quit through a smoking cessation program. These programs provide support along the way.
- Control your blood pressure
- Eat healthy foods, including lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables
Eye disease such as Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Diabetic Retinopathy can lead to serious eye damage and even blindness. Your eyes provide a picture of the world and its surrounding beauty! Take charge and protect them as you age.
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