As we age, our vision inevitably takes a turn for the worse. Whether this is due to genetic or environmental factors, there is little that can be done to reverse this trend besides keeping on top of your eye care and health. As a senior, it is more important than ever before for you to practice good eye care tips. In this article, we share you with some eye care tips for seniors to maintain healthy vision.
Watch Your Diet
The saying goes: You are what you eat. Foods that are rich in Vitamin C such as strawberries, kiwis and oranges as well as food that contains beta carotene including carrots, kale and broccoli can help to lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration. Never underestimate the importance of a balanced diet when it comes to protecting your eye health.
Wear Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses When Needed
If you have a pair of prescription glasses, they are there for a reason. This means that you suffer from long- or short-sightedness, which can be corrected by wearing glasses. By choosing not to wear them when necessary, such as when reading, you are putting undue strain on your eyes which can result in poorer vision.
In addition, if you are going to be out in direct sunlight, always bring along a pair of sunglasses. Seniors who need prescription glasses can consider getting a pair of prescription sunglasses as well, so you don’t have to compromise between seeing clearly and being out in the sun.
Attend Eye Exams Regularly
Even if you don’t need prescription glasses now, that doesn’t mean you will never need them. In fact, many seniors are unaware that they need glasses until their vision has worsened significantly. That is why you should always schedule and attend regular eye exams with your optometrist. This should be at least once a year and if you have a vision impairment or any other vision-related condition, more often. You may not know this, but regular eye exams can also flush out health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Early detection is key for eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Follow Good Eye Habits
If you tend to use a lot of eye power during the day, such as for reading or watching movies, remember to always do so under ample light and give your eyes a break from time to time. A good rule of thumb to follow is the 20-20-20 rule: give your eyes a 20 second break every 20 minutes, by looking at least 20 feet into the distance.
Explore Your Senior Living Options at Conservatory At Champion Forest
As seniors, keeping active – both mentally and physically – is of the utmost importance. At Conservatory At Champion Forest, our independent senior living program allows you to do just that. With a range of resort-like amenities and a packed calendar of social events and activities, you will never lack for something to do at our community. If you would like more information about our community or senior living program, please feel free to schedule a tour with us.