Tips to safeguard your eyes as you grow old

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Your vision changes as you age. Degradation of vision is the greatest challenge one faces in the process of growing old. However, eye safety isn’t a priority among most people around 30 years of age but it surely becomes a thing when you cross your 50’s and the world doesn’t appear as radiant and vivid as it used to. Even though modern advancements have worked out a way to nearly every visual impairment, either it be due to ageing or the result of some disease but all of the artificial treatments come with their respective consequences.  Are you wondering what you can do to maintain good eye health ? Read on to see what you can do to prevent your vision from worsening.

Eat the right kind of food

What you eat has the ability to affect how well you see. It’s not all about carrots. All supplement and foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Copper and  Zinc and are likely to assist the ones with signs of age related macular degeneration. Below is a table that might help you figure out the food you should be eating to ensure good vision;

Vitamin A: Carrots, kale, spinach, dairy products, egg yolks
Vitamin C: Citrus fruits (especially kiwi fruit) and juices, green peppers, broccoli, potatoes
Vitamin E: Eggs, whole grains, vegetable oils, sunflower seeds
Lutein: Spinach, corn, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
Fatty acids: Coldwater fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and rainbow trout; sunflower oil, corn oil
Zinc: Meat, poultry, fish, whole grains, dairy products

A study conducted in 2001 stated the use of omega 3 fatty acids and a combination of nutrients to be beneficial to people with vision related problems. It holds the power to reverse dry eye.

Good nutrition mixed  with yearly checkups will improve your defense against foresighted eye conditions.

Quit Smoking

Smoking doubles the risk of developing macular degeneration on your road to elderliness.

Smoking cigarettes turn out of be the cause of sight threatening eye conditions such as uveitis, dry eyes, diabetic retinopathy or cataracts.

The earlier in life you quit, the greater are your chances of saving your eyes. Smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind compared with non-smokers.

Protect your eyes while stepping out in the sun

It must be surprising for you to learn that ultraviolet rays doesn’t just affect your skin but also your eyes.

Extended sun exposure develops sunburn of the front surface of the eye  leading to cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium. As we age, our cell regeneration process slows down so any damage takes time to recover. So, the trouble could be avoided by wearing sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays. For people who don’t carry shades as a fashion accessory could make good use of a  wide brimmed hat as it offers great protection too.

Get enough sleep

A busy lifestyle offers less sleep but your eyes are counting on you to be rested.

Not getting enough shut-eye gives you dark circles, red bloodshot eyes or even blurry vision.

It has been observed that less than 8 hours of sleep a day causes decreased cognition on visual tasks and additionally, tired eyes feel dry. You rub your eyes when they feel dry and that is where any irritants or diseases could get it.

The best way to safeguard your eyes  from any such condition is to bring a healthy sleeping pattern into practice. The average sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person but a minimum of 8 hours of sleep is the need of a human body.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is a common aspect of summers and dehydration makes it hard for the eyes to form tears keeping them moist. This condition is commonly termed as dry eye. Dehydrated people tend to have puffy eyes or redness on the eyelids.

Drinking an average 8 glass of water provides enough fluid for normal eye functioning. Keeping your body hydrated works as an anti-ageing element giving off glowing skin and healthy vision.

Don’t stare at electronic screens for too long

Light coming out of screens could be toxic for your eyes. Scientists at the University of  Toledo found out how the light emitting from our phone screens and devices has the potential to cause macular degeneration leading to vision loss.

For those of us whose work require staring at screens all day long and checking up on our mails in breaks, our lives can feel like a never ending loop of screens. The effect of which on our eyes could be scary. But don’t freak out just yet !

We can reduce eye strain by looking away every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds.

In other cases try matte screen filters over your devices. It reduces the intensity of damaging blue light.

Blinking eyes exercises can also help save the moisture inside your eyes keeping you from trouble.

Now that you know that your vision would change over the years, you might feel concerned about it. While you can’t control certain changes that come with age, you can follow the living patterns we discussed above and prevent or slow down the process of vision loss.

Bottom line

Absorb the right nutrition, exercise, stay hydrated, don’t smoke and see your eye doctor every once in a while when you hit your 50s, rest assured you’ll see better in your elderliness. 

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