Ways To Protect Your Eyesight

Article Written and Posted by Brulimar - 9th November 2015

Many of us believe that, as we age our eyesight deteriorates naturally meaning that at some point we’ll all need to wear glasses. This isn’t true, however, and there are plenty of things that we can do to prevent age-related eye diseases and loss of eyesight. 

 

Here are our top 5 tips on protecting your eyesight as you get older. 

 

Tip 1: Exercise Regularly

According to recent studies light exercise, such as walking, can help to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70%.

 

Tip 2: Be Aware of Your Family’s History

Just like any other disease, poor eyesight can be hereditary. Understanding your family’s health history can determine whether one day, you too will suffer from sight-threatening diseases. For example, if your family has a history of diabetes or high-blood pressure, your risks are increased.

 

Tip 3: Quit Smoking

We all know how bad smoking can be for the body, but how is it bad for our eyesight? It has been proven that those of us who smoke, have a higher risk of developing age-related eyesight diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts and uveitis. 

 

Tip 4: Check Your Eyes Regularly 

An eye test can determine whether or not you need prescription eyewear or contact lenses to protect your eyes to prevent further damage. During an eye test, optometrists also have the ability to detect eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, a disease that doesn’t show any symptoms or warning signs.

 

Tip 5: Maintain a Healthy Diet

Believe it or not, healthy eating isn’t just good for slimming down our waistlines. Eating healthily can reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as keeping our eyes in top condition. 

 

Which foods are we talking about?

  • As mentioned in one of our latest blog posts, carrots really are good for our eyesight due to their high volume of Vitamin A. 
  • Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring are rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega-3.
  • Brazil nuts protect the lens of the eye and reduces the risk of cataracts.

 

Tip 6: Don’t Skimp on Eyewear

Making sure that you have the right pair of high-quality glasses and sunglasses is key to maintaining a healthy pair of eyes. So don’t skimp on cheap eyewear or you could suffer the consequences.  

 

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