Sight Loss Prevention Tips

glassesSome of us are lucky: When we are little, we have no issues with our vision and do not require lenses in order to see clearly. Others are not as lucky, but with some, corrective lenses can see quite well. As a senior, even if you have never before needed corrective lenses, at some point your vision may begin to see some changes. In fact, the older you are, the greater the likelihood that you will notice a difference. If you spend a lot of your time reading or in front of a computer, you may also need help adjusting to the vision changes you will experience.

No matter what your age might be, there are things you can do to strengthen your vision. A few small changes in your lifestyle and the foods you consume can go a long way in improving and strengthening your vision. Try some of these changes to ensure lasting vision as a senior.

Dietary Improvements

The old wise-tale of carrots being good for eye health is actually true. The vegetable contains beta-carotene (Vitamin A), which your eyes rely on for good night vision. It is possible to consume foods with specific Vitamins and minerals in order to reduce the likelihood of developing vision issues in the future. Add omega-3 fatty acids to the diet as well as foods high in Vitamin A, C, and E. Try to add some of the following super foods to your diet to promote the health of your vision:

  • Spinach
  • Soy
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Berries
  • Avocados

Getting Eye Exams Regularly

It is a good idea to see an eye doctor on a regular basis, even if you believe your eyes are perfectly fine. According to information made available by The American Optometric Association, there are some eye diseases people ages 60 and older are more susceptible to getting: These diseases have few to no symptoms whatsoever. Since there may be no symptoms, a good deal of damage can happen to your vision long before you know there really is an issue present. Having an eye exam on a regular basis can help you catch problems early on and hopefully prevent unnecessary vision damage.

Eyes And The Elderly

A number of conditions affect the vision in the elderly, including things like presbyopia, cataracts, or glaucoma. The latter issues are age related, and can make it more difficult to see. For instance, starting at around age 40, people are prone to developing presbyopia, where the eye’s lens gets hard and rigid: It will not change its shape so it causes focusing issues in the individual suffering from the condition.

In contrast, Glaucoma is a disease in which the optic nerve is attacked and the drainage canal of the eye becomes clogged, and this results in poor vision. The latter conditions, thankfully, are treatable via medicines or surgical intervention. The sooner such conditions are caught the better for the patient.

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