Adults 65-plus are able to enjoy remarkably better eye health and fewer visual problems than they did 25 years ago. This is thanks primarily to cataract surgery improvements, better treatments for diabetes-related eye diseases, and decreased smoking resulting in fewer cases of macular degeneration.
You can help protect your sight by following these tips for good eye health:
- Get an annual eye exam and consult your doctor about vision changes.
- Carrots are good for your eyes, but kale is better. Carrots get their good-for-your-eyes reputation from high levels of vitamin A, an essential nutrient for good vision. Kale, which is also rich in vitamin A, also provides lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
- Protect your eyes from the sun. Your skin isn't the only thing that suffers from exposure to ultraviolet radiation. UV exposure can damage tissues on the surface of the eye, increasing your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. To protect your eyes, always wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- Remind yourself to blink when you're using your computer. Blinking is nature's way of keeping the eyes well lubricated and free of harmful dust and debris. Studies show that our blink rate slows by 50% when we stare at digital devices for prolonged periods of time. To promote healthy blinking, ophthalmologists recommend following the 20-20-20 rule. Shift your eyes away from your computer every 20 minutes and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more.
Talk to your doctor for more information about your eye health. For more tips on aging successfully, download our free guide here.