The month of July is the time to both consider and celebrate independence, and Vision Optical is celebrating both the independence of this country as well as the independence of the older members of our community this July.
On average, adults sixty five and older are at the greatest risk for eye impairment, and one in six adults age sixty five and older has some type of vision impairment that is not correctable by either glasses or contacts. Vision problems can be crippling for the elderly, and, in extreme cases, can be impossible to overcome. But, there are many habits that adults in this age group, and younger, can do to enhance their lives through a healthy lifestyle that will also benefit their eye health, and help to keep seniors living independently.
Regular exams with an optometrist are a good step toward quality eye health. Adults sixty five and older should have a regular eye exam every one to two years; these exams will demonstrate any possible patterns in vision loss, and help catch any possible problems, including disease or other serious eye conditions before it worsens. And, while regular exams with your ophthalmologist will promote good eye health, knowing your own eye health and recognizing the signs of deteriorating eyesight are important. If your vision worsens: words become blurry on a page; you knock over objects around the home that you didn’t see sitting out in plain sight; or, you find yourself squinting or tilting your head to focus on people or objects, call your Ophthalmologist and set up an immediate eye exam. Also, consider wearing a hat outdoors and UV protective sunglasses, because exposure to UV Light over time can greatly impact your eye health and can even lead to a development of cataracts or growths on the eye.
While most people consider a healthy diet with plenty of exercise (at least 30 minutes every day) to be good habits that promote a healthy body, what is not often considered is how these habits also promote healthy eyes. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains increase both body and eye health, and foods that are rich in both Vitamin C and E are great for eyes. Another benefit of a diet low in fats and high in fruits and vegetables is the resilience that the body will have to diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, all of which will also have a significant impact on your eye health as well as your body. Regular exercise will also promote a strong disease free body, and good eye health.