As we age, watching for symptoms of age-related vision loss becomes increasingly essential. At Dittman Eyecare, we’ve put together some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy as you age.
Types of Age-Related Vision Loss
For most people, activities such as reading can become more difficult as we age, requiring glasses. Even if you’ve had perfect vision throughout your life, as we age, many people experience presbyopia, which is nearsightedness that is caused by the loss of flexibility in the lenses of the eyes. Difficulty reading small print or having to hold your book farther away from your face to read it are signs that you may need reading glasses.
Other more severe eye conditions that can develop as we age include:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment
- Macular degeneration
Each of these conditions can result in vision loss, but most of these conditions can also be delayed, treated, and even reversed. Early detection is vital in preserving your vision, so it is essential to have regular eye exams, so your doctor can detect and manage these changes to your eye health before it can result in vision loss.
Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
There are a variety of healthy habits you can incorporate into your everyday life to help keep your eyes healthy as you age:
- Wear Your Shades. The sun’s rays are harmful to your eyes and can cause cumulative damage throughout your life. It is important to wear your sunglasses when you go outside during the day. Make sure your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection to ensure your eyes are safe from the sun.
- Exercise. We all know that exercise is excellent for the whole body, including the eyes! Research has shown that people who live less active more sedentary lifestyles have a higher risk of age-related vision loss.
- Stick to Healthy Diet. Just like exercise, a healthy diet is great for your overall health. Eating certain healthy foods can help you reduce your risk of eye problems. A healthy diet full of carrots, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, blueberries, and salmon will help provide your eye with the nutrients they need to remain healthy.
- Avoid Smoking. Aside from being bad for your overall health, smoking can also have detrimental effects on your eye health. If you smoke, you put yourself at a higher risk for developing conditions such as dry eye, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.
- Step away from the screen. In today’s digital age, many people spend hours in front of our screens, which can cause eye strain. When you are working at your computer, it is essential to follow the 20-20-20 rule where every twenty minutes, you look away from your screen for at least twenty seconds to give your eyes a break from the screen.
Be Proactive with Regular Eye Exams
The best way to help prevent age-related vision loss is to have your eyes examined regularly. Healthy adults should have a comprehensive eye examination every one to two years. Many eye diseases will develop asymptomatically. This means you may have an eye disease for weeks or months before you notice a change in your vision. This can result in vision loss before you even notice a difference.
At Dittman Eyecare, we focus on preventative eye care. With our fast and non-invasive eye exams, we can detect and treat age-related eye conditions early, helping to prevent vision loss. Schedule
your eye exam today!