As you age, it’s normal to experience some changes in your vision. These changes may include difficulty adjusting to glare and distinguishing some colors, particularly shades of blue and green. Some common vision problems result in the need for glasses or contacts. However, these changes can be easily corrected and won’t lead to vision loss or blindness. Taking good care of your eyes is part of your overall health and wellbeing. Remember to schedule routine eye exams.
Additional Vision Tips
- Trips outdoors should include both a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses with UV-protected lenses.
- Foods like fish and green leafy vegetables are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A and C and omega-3 fatty acids to enhance the health of the macula, the part of your eye responsible for central vision.
* On the other hand, not getting enough antioxidants and over consuming saturated fats and alcohol eventually damages the health of the macula.
- Keep the house vision-friendly with appropriate window coverings and adjustable lighting.
- The increased usage of computers means that eyestrain is more common now than ever. Avoid staring at a computer for more than two hours, taking breaks every 15 minutes. The ideal distance between your eyes and a computer screen is between 20” and 24” with the computer screen situated slightly below the eye level.
- Large print books and other reading material reduce the risk of eyestrain from reading.
- Smoking not only increases the risk of diseases that affect eye health, it also exposes eyes to oxidative stress. Smokers should quit smoking as soon as possible for their own health and the health of those around them.
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