4 Ways to Care for Your Eyes as You Age
- originally published on VSP.com -
"Your vision is one of the first senses you may notice changing as you get older, but there are a few things you can do to keep your aging eyes in tip-top shape.
1. Keep up a Good Diet
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, diets that include kale, salmon, oranges, and black-eyed peas will benefit both the heart and eyes. Plus, foods that include the nutrient beta-carotene can help your night vision. Look for orange-colored foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes, and apricots.
2. Wear Sunglasses
Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase your risk for cataracts in aging eyes, so it’s important to remember sunglasses when you go outside. As an added bonus, sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes, too.
3. Reduce Screen Time
Staring at a phone, television, or computer screen can cause eye strain. It’s important to give your eyes a break during the day. Practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something at least 20 feet away. This trick should keep the strain on your eyes in check.
4. Get an Annual Eye Exam
The most important thing you can do for your eyes as you enter your golden years is to get an annual eye exam. As you age, you may notice your eyes changing. Whether it’s a prescription change or an age-related eye disease like glaucoma or cataracts, the doctors of Bagan Strinden Vision can help you with a treatment plan. If you make it a priority to see your eye doctor each year, he or she will be able to keep track of your vision changes over time to keep your eyes as healthy as possible as you age. Schedule your appointment now to ensure your eye health! "