As we age, so do our bodies, including our eyes. Many older people experience “low vision” problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, degenerative retinitis pigmentosa and tunnel vision. But there are several things we can do to take care of our eyes and preserve our precious eyesight, as well as possibly prevent or delay some of these problems.
By following these simple tips, you can take the lead and be more proactive in the care of your vision.
1. Vitamin A is great for your eyes and will help you maintain healthy vision. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, yams and dark leafy greens.
2. Find out your family history of eye disease. In many cases, having a family member with an eye disease, such as glaucoma, greatly increases your chance of getting the disease. Make sure you include this when you discuss your complete family medical history with your physician(s).
3. Protect your eyes from the sun. Overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to cataracts. Wear sunglasses outdoors and be sure to pick a lenses that have UVA and UVB protection.
4. Have your eyes examined annually.