As you get up there in age, there’s always a chance that your eyesight can deteriorate. Your organs tend to lose some of their functionality and become weaker. This most certainly includes your eyes.
Weak eyesight increased susceptibility to eye infections, cataract and glaucoma are some of the most common macular degenerative diseases, as you grow older.
Suffering from compromised eyesight is especially a matter of concern for working professionals as it can greatly impact their performance at work.
Here are a few preventative measures aging professionals can follow to retain healthy eyesight:
- Strictly Maintain Levels Of Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Glucose
Did you know that cardiovascular diseases and disorders are known to increase the risk of vision loss? This happens due to the effect they have on the blood vessels in your eyes, which results in retinopathy. In order to avoid such irreversible damage to your eyes, it is important that you take the required medication and precautionary measures to keep your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure in check.
- Minimize Exposure To Extreme Lighting
Your eyes require adequate care and protection when exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting. You need to strain your eyes in poor lighting. On the other hand, your pupils’ contract when exposed to bright lights and the amount of light entering your eye is then concentrated on the macula tissue, thus causing damage. Both situations can be avoided by wearing protective eyewear appropriate to the situation.
So, if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, consider wearing 100% UV ray protected sunglasses and a hat to shield your eyes. At work, use anti-glare glasses to reduce the ill-effects of prolonged exposure to digital screens.
- Eat Healthy & Nutritious Foods
Your eyes require a good balance of vitamins A, C, D & E as well as other essential nutrients like Omega 3 fatty acids, Zinc, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Selenium to stay protected from the effects of allergens and macular degenerative diseases.
Apart from carrots, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, fruits like oranges, kiwi, pumpkins as well as fish and eggs are known sources of the vitamins and nutrients mentioned above. Incorporate these foods into your regular diet to keep your eyesight in good health.
- Exercise Regularly & Get Enough Sleep
It is advisable to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to maintain the overall mental and physical health including your eyesight. You must also ensure that your body receives some form of regular exercise as that will enhance the production and flow of oxygen in your body, which aids the removal of toxins from your body as well as your eyes, by improving blood circulation.
- Wear Appropriate Eyewear
When you go out in the sun, you protect your skin with sunscreen. Similarly, when you’re at a construction site you wear a helmet and a protective jacket. So, when you step outdoors, why do you tend to forget about your eyes? Your eyes are equally sensitive and require additional care if you want to maintain their health. Remember to put on appropriate eyewear whenever required, so that your eyes are protected against additional stress and/or accidents.
- Have Regular Eye Checkups
The importance of regular health check-ups only increases as you grow older. It is done more as a precautionary measure because often the changes in our health go unnoticed by us. However, your doctor will be quick to notice the symptoms or any abnormalities during routine check-ups and will be able to correct the problem ahead of time.
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