Today’s seniors are more active than ever and life expectancy is longer than ever. That is why annual eye exams are very important as you get older. Seniors are more susceptible to developing diabetes and high blood pressure - both of which can affect your vision. Cataracts and macular degeneration are two more eye diseases that can develop over the years. Early detection for any of these eye conditions is important in maintaining good visual outcomes.
Just as we try to eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest to maintain good body health – all these factors also help us to maintain good visual health. Eating foods that contain vitamin C and E, Zinc, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are all good for eye health. Getting plenty of sleep allows our eyes to clear out the irritants of the day and enjoy continuous lubrication to prevent eye dryness.
We also want to protect our eyes from the constant bombardment of ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet blocking sunglasses or color changing prescription glasses are effective ways to protect the eyes while enjoying the outdoors. For all our technology driven devices there is a specific anti-reflection Coating made for the shorter wavelength UV light that emanates from our Computer screens.
We often take our eyesight for granted when we are younger so as we age it is important to pay more attention to our specific visual.