You cannot take your eyesight for granted. As you get older, your vision can start to change, making it more important than ever to maintain your eye health over the years. And doing what you can to maintain healthy vision is not challenging. It really comes down to making smart lifestyle choices. We’ve compiled a list of some easy ways for you to keep your eyes on the prize – healthy vision for many years to come!


Have Regular Eye Exams

Adults, especially those over the age of 40, should have yearly eye exams. The reason being that there are many age-related ocular conditions that don’t have many symptoms, but then all of a sudden you’re having trouble with your eyesight. Regular eye exams can catch conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma in their early stages making them easier to treat and maintaining healthy eyesight even longer.


Eat Healthy

Eating right isn’t just good for your overall health. It’s also good for your eye health. And while carrots are yummy to eat and great for you, they’re not the eye’s superfood – that’s an old wives’ tale. But there are some foods to add to your diet that can help your vision health. These foods include dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach, along with Brussels sprouts and dark berries like blueberries and blackberries. All of which are rich in lutein that can help protect against macular degeneration. And don’t forget those omega-3s – walnuts and fresh cold water fish can help, too!


Wear Sunglasses

Think of your sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes. And make sure that those shades have 100% UVA and UVB protection. Exposing your eyes to all those UV rays over the course of your lifetime can contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration. This goes for adults and children. In fact, by the time they’re 18, kids will have been exposed to 80% of the UV light for their entire lifetime. So, don’t forget those shades!


Take a Timeout from Screen Time

Computers, smart phones, tablets – they’re all tough on your eyes and make eye strain a real possibility. A good rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away or more for at least 20 seconds. This helps your eyes rest from the constant concentration on your screen – or even a book that you’re reading. In addition to the rest, it’s also good for tear production, which keeps your eyes from drying out and becoming irritated. When you concentrate on something so closely, you don’t blink as often. Blinking is what helps produce those fresh tears.


Exercise More Frequently

Everyone knows working out is good for you – physically and mentally. But did you also know that it’s good for your eyes? Some studies suggest that regular exercise, such as walking, can help reduce the risk for macular degeneration by up to 70 percent. So, get those walking shoes on and you’ll be on your way to improved eye health!


We hope you find these tips helpful when it comes to keeping your eyes and your eyesight healthy. If you’d like to learn even more tips on healthy vision, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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