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Vision Health – How to Maintain Good Eye Health in Your Senior Years

March 22, 2022
Vision Health: Senior Person's Eyes

Are you keen to discover ways to protect your vision health?

It’s important to look after your eye health throughout your life, but even more so as you get older.

Here, we’re exploring 5 ways to improve your vision health:

Your Diet Can Help to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

If you’re keen to improve your vision health, then consider increasing your fruit and vegetable intake.

Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that can improve your vision health, particularly vitamins A and C, folic acid and beta carotene. High levels of these are found in a variety of vegetables, such as spinach, kale, peppers, pumpkins and carrots.

Vitamins can help to protect your eyes against free radicals and improve cell production; both of which are essential for your vision health. Vitamin C makes collagen, which helps to protect the structure of your cornea and sclera.

Your eyes can also benefit from omega-3, which is a fatty acid found in fish such as salmon, tuna and halibut. Why not add a delicious fish salad to your weekly menu to help ensure you’re getting enough of the right nutrients?

Vision Health: Diet Can Help Your Eyesight

Vision Health: Get Regular Check-Ups

Getting your eyes checked on a regular basis can help you to detect any problems early on, which can help to prevent any damage. Opticians have a range of techniques they use to test your vision health, such as a visual field test to check your peripheral vision.

Your optician can also advise whether you might benefit from glasses or contact lenses, ready readers, or even an eye mist to help with dry eyes. This can help you to look after your vision health, as well as maintain your eye comfort on a daily basis.

Eye Check Up

Exercise Can Improve Your Vision Health

Regular exercise can help you to maintain your vision health, as it helps to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol – both of which can affect your eyesight. 

Cardio exercise, such as swimming or brisk walking, can help to reduce pressure in your eyes and improve your blood flow. This not only helps to improve your vision health but also reduces the risk of eye problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

Why not find a friend to exercise with?

Exercise for Your Eyesight

Vision Health: Reduce Your Screen Time

Whilst many of us use screens for a multitude of purposes, prolonged exposure to blue light has shown to have negative impacts on eye health.

Try to limit your screen time where possible to help reduce the strain on your eyes. If you spend a lot of time on a computer – for example, at work – it’s a good idea to try and get into the habit of a 20-20-20 routine.

Every 20 minutes, try to look away from the screen and focus on an object 20 metres away, for 20 seconds. This exercise can help your eyes to readjust; much like standing up and going for a walk to stretch, this will help to ‘stretch’ your eyes.

Exposure to blue light can affect your vision health and disrupt your sleep patterns; taking regular breaks from your screen may help to prevent overexposure. 

You may find it helpful to see if your device has an ‘eye comfort’ mode, which filters out the blue light. You can also buy screen protectors that achieve the same effect.

Vision Health: Reduce Screen Time

Protect Your Eyesight with Good Quality Sunglasses

The sun’s UV rays can affect your vision health. Try to use good quality protective eyewear to reduce your exposure to harmful rays.

When looking for sunglasses, check the label to make sure they protect against UVA and UVB radiation to help keep your eyes healthier for longer.

Sunglasses can also help to reduce glare from the sunlight, which can be particularly beneficial for driving. They can also help to protect you if bright lights trigger headaches or migraines.

Many opticians sell sunglasses with prescription lenses, so you can choose a stylish frame that will also benefit your vision health.

Vision Health: Sunglasses

If you’ve found this article helpful, why not read our previous blog post on the best foods for your immune system to help you stay healthy in your senior years?

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