How to keep aging eyes healthy

Aging and vision loss don’t have to go hand in hand, with early intervention there is a lot that can be don’t to prevent vision loss and eye related diseases. This may require some life style changes but if you start early you can keep your eye healthy and strong throughout your life. The good news here is that these simple lifestyle changes will not only benefit your eyes but will also benefit the rest of your health and fitness. 

There are a wide variety of eye related diseases that can affect the eyes such as AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic retinopathy and many more that can affect us as we age.  These are sometimes caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, but changing these bad habits is the best form of prevention. Below are some of the most critical lifestyle risk factors that can affect your eyes along with what you can do to reduce these risks. 

A Healthy Diet

Not to sound like one of the myriad of commercials, books and reality TV programs promoting eating healthy but eating better is about much more than weigh loss. A nutritious diet allows you body to fight off diseases and perform to its best ability, but this also means that an unhealthy dies can cause problems, affect cholesterol and cause inflammation.

Processed and sugary foods laden with fats increase your risk for eye disease and many other problems such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But choosing a colourful plate filled with vegetables can help to fight and prevent these diseases.  Studies have shown that eating a diet full of healthy green vegetables, healthy fats, like Omega 3 along with proteins, and other foods full of vitamins and minerals like lutein and vitamins A and C have reduced the occurrence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration.

The best advice it to eat multiple services of fruit and vegetables every day, over 5 is recommended, the more colourful the better. Reduce your intake of sugar, sugary drinks, stogy carbohydrates, such as white bread and processed foods. We should all try to eat as many natural foods as possible and drink plenty of water.

Smoking

This wont come as shocking news but Smoking is bad for you, but did you know smoking also negatively affects your eyes. Research has shown that smoking increases the risk of cataracts, Glaucoma, AMD and dry eye amongst all the cancers smoking is linked with. Please see sense, Stub it out! If you need help visit www.quit.ie

An active life style 

Regular exercise has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of AMD as well as many other benefits to your lifestyle. So it’s important to maintain a regular exercise regime, try working one into your daily work and commute.

Have Regular Eye Exams

Don’t wait until its too late, its much easier to prevent an issue when its small than when it grows into something major. Your optometrist can spot problems before the grow too small and with regular screening and the intervention of an optometrist your sight should last the rest of the your life. Book an eye exam today, simply click here.