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6 Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight as You Age

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6 Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight as You Age

Some loss of vision is expected as you age, but you may be able to help reduce the chance of severe vision impairment or mitigate loss as much as possible by taking care of your eyes and health now. Here are five easy ways to help protect your eyes.

1. Get regular eye exams.

Regular eye exams are one of the best ways to protect your vision. They help doctors catch issues, including cataracts, early enough to treat successfully. Regular checkups also ensure you have the right prescription for glasses, if necessary. The right corrective measures reduce daily strain on your eyes, which can help safeguard vision for the future.

Residents of Bethesda Gardens in Terra Haute can easily keep using their own local eye doctor if desired. Our convenient location and scheduled transportation options help you get to any medical appointments on a regular basis.

2. Treat dry eyes appropriately.

Dry eyes are another common issue experienced as you age, and poorly functioning tear ducts can increase vision problems. Dry eyes are also irritating and uncomfortable and can make your social or outdoor time less pleasant. Talk to your doctor about any dry eye conditions; prescription or over-the-counter drops may help. Keeping a humidifier in your Bethesda Gardens assisted living apartment may also help, especially during cold and dry Indiana winters.

3. Protect against UV rays.

Ultraviolet rays are harmful to the eyes. Unfortunately, by the time most people move into an assisted living community, they have already been exposed to the vast majority of UV rays they’ll experience in a lifetime. In fact, most gen-Xers and baby boomers were exposed to more UV rays by the time they were 18 years old than for the rest of their lives!

It’s still a good idea to avoid UV exposure and protect your eyes when you’re in the sun. If you’re enjoying an outing or taking a stroll through the assisted living community properties, consider wearing sunglasses and a hat.

4. Keep blood pressure under control.

Blood pressure and eye health are closely related, so your vision is just another reason to keep an eye on your numbers. Untreated high blood pressure can cause damage to your retina or other eye disease, which is harder to treat after the fact.

5. Engage in a healthy lifestyle.

Your entire body was created to work together, so ailments or poor lifestyle choices can impact your vision. Engaging in a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and social experiences, can help you keep your vision (and your entire body) as functional as possible. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the assisted living community activities, including exercise classes, or find out about healthy restaurant-style dining options.

6. Give your eyes a break from screens.

Finally, screens are a modern danger for eyes. If you enjoy movie marathons, evening television programming or Skyping with the grand kids, make sure to take frequent breaks away from the screen. Simply looking away from the screen and concentrating on something in the distance for about 30 seconds every half hour or so can make a big difference to overall eye health.