27. June 2012 07:10
Just like any other organ in the body, the health of our eyes also deteriorates with age, and we need to make an extra effort to keep them healthy, and protect our vision. The following tips will guide you on the do’s and don’ts of keeping your eyes healthy as you age-
- Don’t ignore the symptoms- If you witness any changes in your vision, such as blurred vision, dark spots, redness, intolerance of bright light, watery eyes, pain, etc., you must not overlook them. These could be signs of underlying disorders like glaucoma or a cataract, which can be cured much faster with an early diagnosis.
- Give your eyes a break- The eyes, are after all, a muscle, and after being strained all day long, they require a break. Just sitting down for a few minutes every hour can be therapeutic for your eyes. Also, make sure that you get enough sleep. If your work involves staring at a computer screen for long periods, be sure to look away for around 10 seconds at short intervals.
- Blind out the sun- The damage caused by UV rays to the eyes is just as bad as it is to the skin, even though the effects might not be quite as visible in the former case. Make every effort to protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses with UV filters that completely cover the eyes, including the sides. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat when stepping out can also help.
- Watch what you eat- Our diet affect our eyes. Eat food rich in antioxidants, such as colored fruits and dark, green vegetables. This will help prevent the degeneration of your eye’s cells. Also make sure that you are getting enough of Vitamin A, C, E, and zinc, all of which are essential for the health of our eyes. Taking a multivitamin supplement is a good idea. Stay away from smoking, as it can accelerate disorders like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
- Get regular eye examinations- Even if you aren’t experiencing any abnormality in your vision, it is important that you arrange regular visits to your eye doctor after the age of 40, to get your vision and general eye condition tested. Ask your doctor for an appropriate screening interval, and stay regular with it.
We at Killeen Eyecare Center, conduct comprehensive eye examinations for all age groups. This examination includes diagnosis of various eye disorders, visual functioning, evaluation of internal and external health of the eyes and prescription for eye glasses or contact lenses (if required). For more information, visit us at 416 North Gray Street, Killeen, TX 76541, Downtown Killeen or call us at 254-634-7805.
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