Keeping Your Eyes Healthy in Your 40s and 50s
Good vision is important in everyday life. It makes your day to day tasks easier and helps you in your work. If you want to treasure the beauty of the world around you for a long time, you need to take good care of your eyes.
One in six adults over the age of 45 suffer from at least one eye problem that threatens their sight. Poor eyesight or eye health issues can also come from complications of lifestyle diseases such as untreated high blood pressure and diabetes.
Here are some things you can do to keep your eyes as healthy as possible!
It’s important to be aware of the current condition of your eye health. If you feel like your vision has been affected in any way, immediately contact your eye doctor. You are at increased risk for eye damage if you or your family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, eye disease, or poor vision. Believe it or not, some non-eyesight problems can be detected in eye examinations.
Get a thorough eye exam every two years. Some diseases can develop without signs or symptoms.
A balanced diet can help both men and women maintain and even improve eye health. You need to make sure you eat foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and essential omega-3 fatty acids. This would include fatty fish, green and leafy vegetables, and root crops like sweet potato and carrots.
Not everyone can get the nutrients they need through diet alone, but you can always take supplements as needed.
All the healthy habits your mother instructs you to do are helpful for overall health. Regular exercise improves oxygen circulation to the eyes and helps removes toxins. Getting enough sleep helps your body to regenerate and repair damaged cells. Avoiding or quitting smoking also reduces your risk of developing eye diseases.
Additionally, it’s important to limit your eyes’ exposure to harmful UV or ultraviolet rays that come from the sun and the high energy blue light that comes from your smartphones and computers.
Consider wearing protective eyewear and rest your eyes from time to time as you work. You can also take supplements or eat foods that contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin – eye nutrients that help filter blue light.
Protecting your eyesight is one sure way to live a good quality life for a longer time. What other tips do you have for eye health? Feel free to share with us!