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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

As we age, our vision tends to deteriorate. In fact, studies show that people over the age of 60 are more prone to developing a wide range of vision disorders like macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

If there’s one thing that you need to take care of, it’s your eyes. Don’t take them for granted. It’s never too late to keep them healthy.

For starters, it is important to eat healthy. Vitamin C, lutein and omega-3 are crucial to your eye health. Other nutrients like vitamin E and zinc can also help fend off the onset of age-related vision disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration. You can get these nutrients from salmon and tuna, nuts and beans, eggs, green leafy veggies and citrus fruits.

Kick the bad habit of smoking. Its nicotine can cause serious damage to the sensitive optic nerves, which can lead to macular degeneration. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, this is one more motivating factor for you.

Do you wear sunglasses when you go outside? The right shades can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, which can damage the eyes’ lenses. Prolonged exposure to the dangerous rays can contribute to an increased risk for macular degeneration and cataracts.

If you’re working in a possibly dangerous environment such as a woodshop, don’t forget to wear safety eyewear or protective goggles. It will protect your eyes from flying debris or airborne materials.

Working for prolonged periods in front of a computer can damage your eyes. Computer eyestrain can cause blurry vision, dry eyes and headaches. Once in a while, look away from the screen and let your peepers rest for a bit. Stare at a green-colored object or at anything that is situated at a distance.

Don’t forget to see eye your doctor often. Regular checkups can help detect vision problems early. With timely intervention and treatment, you can avoid serious deterioration of your eyesight.


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