How to Take Care of Your Eyes as You Get Older
Out of all the five human senses, most people cite their eyesight as the most valuable, and if your eyes truly are the window to your proverbial soul, then it is obviously important to keep your eyesight in as best condition as possible—for as long as possible.
So, with that being said, continue reading to learn how to take care of your eyes as you get older.
1. Maintain a Level of Normal Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is so unbelievably important to not only the functionality and overall health of your primary organs but also to your eyesight and overall eye health.
From now on, particularly if you are overweight, smoke, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol regularly, you should elect to be incredibly aware of what you are eating and drinking—and indeed how much exercise you are getting each and every day.
Abnormal blood pressure is one of the most common causes of an array of health problems—loss of eyesight is one of the main ones.
2. Keep an “Eye” Out for Cataracts
One of the most common afflictions in relation to eyesight (particularly in older adults and indeed for the elderly) is the development of cataracts in one or both eyes.
Signs and symptoms of cataracts include blurred or clouded vision, sensitivity to bright glares and ceiling lights, the appearance of a “halo” around lightbulbs, yellowing and general fading of brighter colours, and more difficulty seeing clearly in low light.
Undergoing premium cataract surgery will mean that, for just an hour or two out of your day and merely a few weeks of recovery time, your cataracts can be removed and you will benefit from a much better quality of life and vastly improved vision.
3. Eat Healthily
This next piece of advice seems somewhat obvious, but with matters such as eye health, the food you eat can have a huge and direct impact.
Foodstuffs which will greatly heighten your chances of healthy eyesight for many years to come include, but are categorically in no way limited to, the following:
- Oily fish
- Nuts and seeds
- Leafy green vegetables
- Tuna and salmon
- Oranges and lemons
- Fruit juices
4. Protect Your Eyes from the Light
Finally, when it comes to looking after the health of your eyes, wearing prescription sunglasses outside (even on days when the sun itself is hidden behind clouds, yet the light is still bright) is absolutely essential.
Furthermore, if either earlier on in the year or even longer ago, you were prescribed reading and/or driving glasses and as of yet, have chosen not to wear them much or at all, you should start listening to your optician and wear them immediately.
Eye strain is also an issue, especially since the vast majority of us use computers each and every day for one task or another; so remember to book regular eye examinations and to use high-resolution screens when working on a computer for a prolonged amount of time.