May marks the celebration of Healthy Vision Month, put on by the National Eye Institute. Eye health is vital throughout life because it is necessary for nearly all forms of work and play. However, seniors need to put a priority on their vision because of the numerous degenerative eye diseases that can gradually disrupt their sight and even lead to blindness.
Improving & Maintaining Eyesight
While any individuals are at risk for eye problems as they age, women have higher likelihoods of developing certain diseases when compared to men. In fact, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, women are 24% more likely than men are to develop glaucoma and also have higher likelihoods of developing cataracts and going blind. Of course, all seniors are encouraged to care for their eye health actively and to undergo regular screenings with a trained and licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist.
First, there are numerous ways that seniors can care for themselves to prevent a variety of eye issues and to slow down the progression of eye problems. Diet has much to do with the health of the eyes. Many have heard of carrots being healthy for the eyes. This is due to the vitamin A within this vegetable; vitamin A can be found in many other orange-colored fruits and vegetables. Consuming a diet high in omega-3s, found in many fish and in some seeds, as well as lutein, found in green leafy vegetables, such as kale, can improve the health of the macula and prevent macular degeneration. Other lifestyle changes that seniors can make for their eye health include stopping the usage of tobacco products and increasing aerobic exercise, both of which improve blood flow through the tiny blood vessels of the body. Wearing sunglasses can decrease ultraviolet radiation to the eyes, and limiting computer usage can decrease eyestrain.