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ADVICE FROM A LICENSED OPTOMETRIST

5 WAYS TO STAY AHEAD OF AGE-RELATED VISION LOSS

As we age, so do our eyes. Eyes are not immune to age-related problems. For example, most individuals – even those who have enjoyed perfect, 20/20 vision their whole lives – will eventually find themselves straining to hold a book at arm’s length in order to see the print clearly. This is due to a condition called presbyopia, farsightedness which develops due to reduced flexibility of the lenses in the eyes and makes it difficult to focus on nearby objects.

Additional age-related Eye Conditions: though it’s the most common concern, presbyopia is not the only age-related vision problem that you could encounter. Other conditions which can develop with age include cataracts, diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and retinal detachment.

#1 Healthy Diet
A balanced diet preserves eyesight. Eat lots of nutrient-rich foods like carrots, bell peppers, leafy greens, blueberries, sweet potatoes, chia seeds, salmon and turkey to protect your eyes from age-related problems like macular degeneration.

#2 Regular Exercise
Activity is good for your entire body, including your eyes.

#3 Don’t Smoke
This unhealthy habit will increase your risk of developing cataracts, diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration and dry eye.

#4 Smoking
Smoking harms every organ inside your body, including your eyes. Did you know smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to go blind? Research has directly linked the habit to an increased risk of vision-threatening eye conditions including Macular Degeneration, diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis, cataracts and dry eye. Quitting at any age could save your ability to see.

#5 Limit Screen Time
Hours spent staring at computer, tablet, cell phone and television screens cause eye strain which can damage your eyes. Limit your screen time and practice the 20-20-20 rule, which suggests resting your eyes every 20 minutes by looking at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

The importance of regular Eye Exams

In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, you can ensure the early detection and treatment of age-related eye conditions by scheduling regular comprehensive eye exams. Although most of these conditions can lead to permanent vision loss, early diagnosis and treatment can preserve your ability to see. The American Optometric Association recommends healthy adults schedule at least one eye exam annually to ensure the early detection and prompt treatment of eye conditions which can cause permanent damage or vision loss.

For more information or to schedule an eye exam in Katy, TX today, contact Innovision Family Eyecare.

FROM THE A.O.A.

The American Optometric Association recommends adults have at least one comprehensive eye exam per year. We heavily emphasize the importance of Annual Eye Exams for children as it’s important as their eyes develop through childhood.
 
Make vision a priority in your healthcare and safeguard your family about preventable eye conditions or blindness by booking exams for your family.
 
Contact Dr. Sanwari at Innovision Family Eyecare