6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Eye Problems

January 20th, 2017 No Comments

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As we grow older, one of the most important steps we can take to maintain our quality of life is to look after our eyesight. Consider this: one in six adults age 45 and over will experience some type of age-related eye problem and the risk of complete vision loss increases with age.

The leading causes of blindness and low vision among Americans are primarily attributed to age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Protecting vision as we grow older is essential to overall healthcare. Regular eye examinations are a good way to prevent and catch age-related eye problems in their earliest stages. Even better, take one or more of these preventative measures to ensure your eyesight stays sharp.

1. Find out if you face an increased risk for eye disease

Many traits that increase your risk of developing certain eye diseases are hereditary. Having knowledge of your family’s medical history can help better equip your optician or doctor with relevant information that might help prevent or treat age-related eye conditions. For example, a family history of diabetes places you at risk of developing the sight-stealing eye disease glaucoma.  Age and ethnicity are also common factors that could increase your risk.

2. Lookout for signs of changes in your vision

Even though treatment is available for many age-related eye conditions, prevention is the best route. It’s important to monitor your eyesight and take immediate action when you notice a difference. Any changes in your vision, such as hazy or blurry vision, poor vision in low light conditions, double vision or any other changes including spots, see your doctor immediately. If you experience eye swelling, pain, or flashes of light, these symptoms can be indicators of a more serious eye condition and should be addressed immediately.

3. Schedule and keep regular health exams

In addition to arranging regular eye exams, it’s important to look after your general health. Certain health problems can lead to problems with your eyesight and cause vision loss if left untreated. Both high blood pressure and diabetes can contribute to loss of vision due to eye strokes and diabetic retinopathy. Having regular health screenings can help detect these conditions early.

4. Regular Exercise

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, exercising regularly could help to reduce the risk of glaucoma by 25%. Exercise can also help to manage medical conditions such as diabetes and reduce the risk of other diseases from developing.

5. Protect Your Eyes Against UV Rays

The sun’s UV rays can be harmful to the eyes, which is why it’s so important to wear sunglasses with good UV protection. In doing so you’ll be protecting yourself from the risk of cataracts and other vision problems.

6. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet, especially one packed with vegetables and fruit, can help protect your eyesight.  Studies have shown that foods packed with antioxidant vitamins may decrease the risk of developing or may even delay the progression of cataracts.

If you or a loved one is battling an age-related eye problem that has begun to affect their daily quality of life, home care provided by Visiting Angels may be the perfect option for you. Our Angels are available to help assist with personal care, housekeeping, shopping, hygiene assistance, and more. At Visiting Angels, we aim to help you or someone you love maintain an enjoyable and independent lifestyle in the comfort of home. To learn more about how we can assist you, contact us at (609) 883-8188.

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