The world can truly be a beautiful place, as long as you can see it. Unfortunately, as we age, our ability to see all of the world’s wonders can diminish. Objects may appear blurry, double, or generally distorted. Although some changes in vision occur naturally through aging, there are proactive things you can do to ensure that your diminishing vision doesn’t get worse at a quicker rate. The following tips will help ensure you preserve your vision so you can continue to see all that the world had to offer.
Go outside: Less and less of us are actually heading outdoors anymore, especially as we get older. This is actually problematic for our vision, because eyes require oxygen and healthy blood vessels to be able to see properly. Regular exercise, especially outdoors, is a good way to ensure your eyes receive adequate oxygen and that your blood vessels in your eyes stay healthy. Furthermore, it’s been shown that staying indoors simply watching TV is linked with nearsightedness.
Maintain healthy blood pressure and glucose levels: Macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. Both conditions are closely linked with hypertension and diabetes. Taking the necessary steps to control both factors can go a long way in protecting your vision.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables contain essential nutrients and vitamins that feed and nourish your eyes. You will want to make sure to eat a wide variety of them—and not just carrots—in order to receive a variety of these nutrients that can help you maintain healthy vision.
Keep your eyes safe: When you ride a bike, you wear a helmet. When you roller skate, you wear knee and elbow pads. When you are performing tasks where objects can get into your eyes, you must wear safety glasses. Whatever activity you’re doing, think about how it may affect your eyes and take the necessary steps to prevent injury from occurring.
Wear sunglasses: Another threat to your eyes is the sun, so wearing sunglasses can protect them. It is known that the sun’s rays can contribute to cataracts and other types of corneal diseases. You will want to make sure your lenses offer UV protection for maximum safety. Lastly, never look directly at the sun.
Have your eyes checked regularly: If you skip out on eye exams, damage and other problems could be occurring. Unfortunately, if not caught early enough, it could lead to permanent damage. Being able to see your eye doctor regularly ensures that problems are discovered early on so that treatment can take place sooner. Furthermore, your eye doctor not only offers insight about your eyes, but your eyes reveal a lot about your overall health too.