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How to Stay Ahead of Vision Loss due to Aging

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As you enter your 30s or 40s, you may observe or feel certain changes in your vision. The older you get, the more important it becomes to keep a check on the symptoms of age-related vision loss. To help you with early identification of vision-related problems, you should have relevant information regarding common types of age-related vision loss.

Common Types of Age-Related Loss of Vision

  • Presbyopia/Nearsightedness: At the later ages of life, you may need glasses for reading even if your eyesight is near perfect in your early lifespan. This issue is known as ‘Presbyopia’ or ‘nearsightedness’. It is caused by the loss of flexibility in our eye lenses. If you have started finding it difficult to read smaller prints or if you read by holding the book farthest away from your eyes then you may need a pair of reading glasses.
  • Other age-related eye conditions: Other serious age-related eye conditions include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, detachment of the retina and macular degeneration. All these conditions, if left unattended, can lead to vision loss. Fortunately, early detection of these conditions is possible, and you can even delay or reverse it in a few This is possible if you undertake regular eyes examination with an ophthalmologist.

Preserve Your Eyesight through Eye-Healthy Life-Style

Preservation of your healthy vision and early detection of any eye conditions is possible only if you lead an eyesight healthy lifestyle. Here are the few tips which you can follow every day for healthy vision.

  • Live an active lifestyle: Doing regular exercise is excellent for the health of your entire body including your eyes. In addition to other physical exercises, include eyes exercises in your regime to keep your eyes healthy. According to studies, people who live an active lifestyle are less likely to develop age-related vision problems than people who have sedentary lifestyles.
  • Protect your eyes from UV rays: The UV sun rays are harmful for your eyes, whether you receive them directly or indirectly. Make sure you wear glasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB rays protection whenever you go outside to protect your eyes.
  • Healthy diet: Another important factor that causes age-related vision problems is food that you eat. It is recommended to have a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, such as blueberries, salmon, potatoes, green leafy vegetables, carrots, chia seeds, turkey, and sweet potatoes etc.
  • Reduce screen time: The excessive time that we spend on screens nowadays has adverse effects on our vision. You need to follow the 20-20-20 rule to decrease or prevent the symptoms of digital eye strain. According to this rule, spend 20 seconds watching something at a distance of at least 20 feet once after every 20 minutes to relieve the strain on your eyes.
  • Avoid smoking: While a healthy diet and exercising is beneficial for your eye health, smoking is injurious to your overall health. Smoking has a seriously adverse impact on your eye health and makes you highly vulnerable to eye diseases, such as cataracts, dryness in eyes, and other unwanted effects on the eyes.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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