As we get older, our eyesight may start to deteriorate, sometimes without us even noticing! This can lead to many people not actively taking care of their eye health and also not getting regular checks. People get regular doctor check-ups and have regular dentist appointments yet people seem to forget about the importance of keeping your eyes healthy.
1. Have a Check-up Every Year
You may think that your vision is perfect and that your eyes are healthy (and that may be true!), but visiting your local optician for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to make sure. With most common eye problems, many people do not realise that they would see better with glasses until they see for themselves. It really can make the world of difference. In addition, many age-related eye problems have no warning signs. Getting them in their early stages is important to make sure you can have great vision for years to come.
2. Know your Family’s Eye Health History
Speak to family members to determine if they know anything about your family’s eye health history. It’s important to know if you have any conditions which may be hereditary that you are at risk of. Being aware of these things and getting a check-up can put your mind at ease or let you get the right treatment as soon as you can.
3. Eat Right
It may seem as though eating well comes up in all elements of health care but it really is the most important thing. Everything that you consume has an effect on your body in some way. Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals helps to keep our eyes healthy and prevent problems such as night blindness. It has also been proven that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can have a positive effect on your eye health. For more information on this, read our previous post on healthy eating for over 60s.
4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for all aspects of our health and is something we often let side. Being overweight can increase your risk of developing condition such as diabetes which can lead to a loss in vision from diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. It’s never too late to make a change and some adjustments to your lifestyle today can help you in the future. If you are having trouble with this, you can visit your doctor or even join a class in your local area for encouragement.
5. Don’t Smoke
I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about the negative effects of smoking on your health but many people only associate smoking risks with lung problems. Smoking is in fact as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related eye problems such as cataracts. Just one more reason you have to quit or not to start!
6. Rest your Eyes
If you think about your day-to-day routine, your eyes are subject to a lot of strain. Of course you have to use your eyes all day but if you spend too much time focusing on one thing, your eyes can get fatigued. This includes watching TV or looking at a computer screen. Try to split up your time so your eyes get a rest every now and again. Also, opt for the non-reflected coating if you have glasses which can help to prevent glare and eye strain.
7. Protect from the Sun
You may be thinking that there’s not much sun about at this time of year but if the weather is particularly nice or if you are going on holiday, remember to protect your eyes. Most people only think of their skin when they consider sun damage and lather on the lotion while neglecting their eyes. If your eyes feel strained in the sun make sure you get some sunglasses with UV protection.
Whether you wear glasses or not, you should remember to take care of your eye health. Your sight is precious so make sure you look after it.