Aging can be a scary thing, especially if you start to notice little oddities in your vision. Maybe you know Macular Degeneration runs in your family, or you suffer from Diabetes.
This kind of visual decline might not take you by surprise, but it can still be scary. Or you might not even know of any vision problems in your family history, but there’s still that weird little thing that feels off with your vision. It’s important to start taking care of your eyes now.
Here are five ways to help protect your eyes, and prevent visual decline.
1. Eat Proper Nutrition
One of the most important things you can do to help out your eyes is eating properly nutritious food. This doesn’t mean you need to pull out that 600 Ways to Cook Carrots book you’ve left collecting dust on the shelf. In fact, a balanced, healthy diet is the best way to care for your eyes and overall health. Look online for healthy recipes that heavily feature these foods.
- Dark, leafy green vegetables
- Yellow Peppers
- Egg yolks
- Tree nuts
- Lemons and limes
- Brussels sprouts
2. Follow your Doctor’s Instructions
It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions on your eye care. These instructions may include things like how regularly you come in for a check-up, or how you put in your contacts.
They may tell you which vitamins and minerals you need to add as dietary supplements, or any number of other things that target the prevention of and treatments for a visual decline.
3. Limit Screen Time
Most of us watch television and movies at home at least a few nights of the week, if not every day. We spend hours on computers at work. We play online games, check email, text, and surf the web on our phones. Our tablets have made computers even easier to transport. Even our kids have screens with them constantly.
Too much screen time can cause eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, neck pain, and other health issues. New syndromes are identified all the time, including something called Computer Vision Syndrome.
If you suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome or spend a lot of time on screens because of work, it’s important to remember these things:
- Blink consistently.
- Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
- Have proper lighting.
- Keep your eyes moist.
- Keep your monitor at least 20 inches from your face.
- Get and wear specially designed computer glasses. These do not necessarily need prescription lenses.
4. Wear Sunglasses and Visors
It’s important for our bodies to get enough sunlight. We’re not like plants where we’ll wither up and die without it, but studies are starting to show that when we don’t get enough sunshine, our health declines, and our vision declines.
So, make sure you get outside regularly. But don’t forget to protect your eyes from Ultraviolet exposure by wearing sunglasses, visors, and/or hats with brims. Do yourself a favor and purchase multiples.
Place these duplicates around places where you may need them, but otherwise, forget them. Consider putting these items in:
- Your purse
- Your car
- Your desk drawer at work
- By your back door
- By your front door
5. Get Regular Check-Ups
Getting in to see your eye doctor on the regular is an important part of your prevention plan. A doctor can catch things early on, can prescribe medications that help with minor symptoms like dry eyes, and can give other tips in advance for preventing any age-related visual decline that could happen.
Be sure to mention anything unusual, any changes, or any concerns you may have. There may be a history of vision problems or diseases in your family, but there are things you can do to help prevent these symptoms from worsening in your own vision.
Consult your doctor regularly, take care to prevent further damage done by your environment, and put on some classy shades to keep out those nasty UV rays. Take some time away from the screens, or try computer glasses to help prevent visual strain that can lead to eye damage. You don’t have to live with poor vision if you take steps now to prevent visual decline.