Keeping an Eye on Vision Health
Doctors say maintaining vision health can be especially important as you age. Fortunately there are multiple ways to keep your eyes healthy. Try these tips:
- Quit smoking. If you smoke, you’re much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, than nonsmokers. AMD is one of the most common causes of blindness in those over 65. While there are some ways to slow its progression, there is no cure.
- Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun. These two simple steps can reduce your exposure to eye-damaging UV rays.
- Watch your weight. Being overweight is a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in those under 65.
- Eat your spinach. Spinach is a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin, powerful antioxidants that can reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, like AMD. Other good sources include any kind of leafy green vegetable such as collards and kale, as well as eggs and orange-colored fruits.
- See your eye care professional for a full vision examination at least once every two years. Go more often if you have diabetes or any other eye-related condition.
- Change your eye makeup every three to six months. It becomes contaminated with bacteria and can infect your eye.
- Don’t fall asleep in your daily wear contact lenses. In fact, don’t ever wear them longer than they’re designed to be worn.