As we age, we become wiser, but our health becomes more important. There is much appreciation for the improvements in medicine; we live longer lives now. As such, it is even more critical than ever before to develop a healthy lifestyle as we get older. Like the other organs in our bodies, our eye health does not stay the same as we age. Vision changes are typical with age, but vision loss or blindness is not. It is essential to have a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor regularly. Revel in good eye health and enjoy aging gracefully.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, here are some tips for maintaining good health now and as you age:
Low Vision Doesn’t Have to Mean Low Ability
The term low vision describes vision loss that makes daily tasks difficult. It’s important to know that normal aging of the eyes does not lead to low vision; it results from an eye disease, injury, or both. Low vision symptoms include loss of central or peripheral (side) vision, blurred or hazy vision, or night blindness. A person may have trouble recognizing faces, reading, driving, and shopping. If you experience any of these problems, it is essential to see your eye doctor. They will check for and treat any underlying conditions and recommend low vision resources. There are devices such as magnifiers, games, and computer tools to help with reading and daily tasks.
Preventing Eye Injuries at Home Can Save Your Sight
Did you know about half of all eye injuries happen in or around the home, most often during improvement projects? The good news: nearly all eye injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear. Every household should keep at least one pair of certified safety glasses on hand.
As we age, changes in vision and balance increase our risk of falling at home. Here are tips to prevent fall injuries to your body and eyes:
- Make sure that rugs and shower/bath/tub mats are slip-proof.
- Avoid small rugs that can be a trip hazard.
- Secure stair railings so that they are not loose.
- Cushion sharp corners and edges of furnishings and home fixtures.
- Increase lighting in the home to help you see better.
Nourish your Eyes With Exercise
Our eyes need good blood circulation and oxygen intake, which regular exercise provides. Exercise also helps keep our weight in the normal range, reducing the risk of sight-stealing diabetes.
Gentler exercises, including walking, yoga, tai chi, or stretching and breathing, can effectively keep healthy. Remember to practice sun safety tips and use protective eyewear when enjoying sports and recreation.
Sleep Well for Healthy Eyes
As we sleep, our eyes enjoy continuous lubrication. Also, during sleep, the eyes clear out irritants such as dust, allergens, or smoke that may have accumulated during the day. While it’s vital to protect our eyes from over-exposure to UV light, our eyes do need exposure to some natural light every day to help maintain normal sleep-wake cycles.
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References: American Academy of Ophthalmology
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