How To Protect Your Eyes As You Age
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:18:29 AM
One of the most important ways to protect your eyes as you age is to get checked regularly. This is simple and painless, and if you go somewhere such as Dayton Ohio's Stanton Optical, it is also completely free. Many eye conditions are treatable if they are caught early - and even if they're not, there are things that can be done to slow their progress. For example, macular degeneration - which is when the retina at the back of your eye deteriorates - can be slowed using laser therapy and drugs. Similarly, early treatment of glaucoma can prevent blindness.
One of the best things you can do to keep your eyes healthy is to avoid bright sunlight. Ultraviolet light can damage the lenses in your eyes, which can lead to cataracts. Bright sunshine also contains a lot of blue light, which can cause macular degeneration over time. Whenever it is sunny, put on a wide-brimmed hat to shade your eyes, and wear sunglasses that screen out UVA/UVB light - and if you choose yellow or amber lenses, this will also protect you from blue light.
As we get older, we all struggle with our weight - but you really need to make an effort to keep it under control. If your weight is too high, you can suffer from high blood sugar and even full-blown diabetes. People who develop diabetes later in life are much more likely to get cataracts, and have twice the risk of developing glaucoma.
Finally, try to get as much vigorous aerobic exercise as possible. Studies have shown that this can reduce the risk of developing cataracts by more than a third, and cut the risk of macular degeneration by over half. Not only that, vigorous exercise lowers the pressure in your eyes - and high pressure is one of the main causes of glaucoma.
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