Older adults are at higher risk for certain eye diseases and conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and dry eye. There are several simple tips you can follow to help your eyes be healthy for the rest of your life.
Visiting us at Roswell Vision Source for your regular comprehensive dilated eye exam is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of vision loss as you age. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is different from the basic eye exam. Dilating the pupils and examining the back of the eyes can detect eye diseases in the early stages, before vision loss occurs. Early diagnosis and treatments are the best ways to prevent vision loss.
In addition to your eye exam, follow these tips to maintain healthy vision and your overall health as you age.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Loading up on fruits and vegetables can help keep your eyes healthy and disease free. Dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens, which are good for your overall health and well-being, are especially good for eye health. Eye health benefits also come from eating fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk for diabetes. Diabetes complications, such as diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma, can eventually lead to vision loss.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Smoking increases your risk for age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and other eye diseases and conditions that can damage the optic nerve.
- Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat when outdoors. Protecting your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays when you are outdoors is vital for your eye health. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
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