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February 2, 2020 2 min to read

Maintaining healthy eyes into later life

Category : Health

Vision deterioration is generally progressive and impacts a significant portion of the population. There are many conditions, such as tired eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinal disease and, likewise, there are many treatments available, such as laser eye surgery, refractive lens exchange, implantable collamer lens surgery, and cataracts surgery.

The reality is, that the conditions I’ve mentioned above can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life, and, as the common saying goes, where possible prevention is better than cure.

In order to effectively safeguard your vision into later life, you should be proactively monitoring your eyes and detecting abnormalities early, by means of regular examinations.

Making changes to the way in which you live your daily life can make a real difference in maintaining healthy eyes. Lifestyle habits such as; a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate rest can help delay or even prevent eye-health occurring, specifically those related to ageing.

More mature individuals, such as those over the age of 60, should ensure they attend an eye examination on an annual basis as a minimum.

For example, cataracts are most prevalent in those aged 80 and above, as age is the most common cause of this eye condition.

It’s critically important with eye conditions, as with most medical conditions, to fully understand the underlying cause, as well as the degree of deterioration.

In order to live a full, safe, and active life, it’s vital that the cause and severity of the eye condition is identified, understood, and addressed.

For some, impaired vision can lead to inactivity, impaired mobility, withdrawal, and depression. Hence the importance of early diagnosis and effectively addressing the issue at the earliest opportunity, prior to further damage and deterioration.

Your risk of developing an eye condition may be increased due to diet – one that is high in saturated fats and sugar could contribute to worsening visual health.

As you might expect, one way to help prevent age-related eye conditions is to improve your diet, incorporating healthy fruits and vegetables. This type of healthy diet may also improve your overall health.

People who consume a diet that is rich in lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, healthy proteins, and vitamins are best placed to minimise their risk of developing health conditions generally, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cataracts, and, of course, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

It’s no secret that a well-balanced diet will contain a plethora of vegetables and fresh, colourful fruit. Generally, fruit and vegetables that are dark-green or brightly coloured will contain the most antioxidants; protecting your eyes by minimising the effect of oxidising agents that can contribute to age-related eye diseases…
 
Continue reading the article and learn more about eyes health on Daisy Linden’s blog.
 
 

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