As we get older, our eyes will also start to deteriorate. It’s uncommon for people to maintain their perfect vision especially when they reach the age of 40 or more. While the regression of vision is widely accepted and part of the norm of aging, there are still many methods to care for your eyes and maintain eye health as much as possible. Refractive errors are the most common sources for eye problems as these include astigmatism, far-sightedness, near-sightedness which can develop later at any time. For causes of blindness, cataracts are the most common culprits followed by glaucoma. Here are several ways to maintain eye health and tips for mitigating the risks of developing eye conditions.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits And Stay Active
It’s important to stay physically and mentally active as part of an active lifestyle to ensure healthy aging. However, as crucial as staying active, switching to a healthier lifestyle and choice of diet can also play a part in maintaining overall health and wellness.
Schedule Annual Eye Examinations
As your loved one ages, it’s normal for their bodies to go through changes. This makes it essential to monitor and track any changes to their vision. Do encourage your aging loved one to meet with the eye doctor for a scheduled annual eye examination. This way, early treatment can be administered if any issues in the eyes may arise.
Avoid Harmful Elements
UV rays, staring into a computer screen all day and cigarette smoke are some of the harmful elements which can increase the risk of developing eye conditions such as macular degeneration later in life. Do be wary of the usage of household cleaners and corrosive chemicals as well as it can very damaging if it enters the eyes. Keep a bottle of eye drops with you around as an essential if you start to experience dry eyes or get something in the eye.
Don’t Ignore Sudden Vision Changes
Vision changes can include seeing double vision, blurred vision, floaters, lines around the edges of the eye, and even pain. It’s of paramount importance to take every minor or major change in your vision seriously as it could be a symptom of a more serious eye disease. Be sure to visit the doctor for an appointment to get it checked.
Be Wary of Hazards
Always put on protective goggles during usage of any power tools including saws and drills. This is to prevent any object from getting into the eyes and possibly damaging them.
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