The month of September is healthy aging month. When we age our eyesight can deteriorate; it is, however, possible to maintain healthy eyes or even possibly slow the progression of common eye problems by living a healthy lifestyle.
The first step towards quality eye health is to see your eye care professional. Your eye care professional can determine certain eye problems that are not diagnosed symptomatically by poor eye sight, and if these problems go untreated, it will have a great affect on a person’s eye health. These eyesight problems include: age related muscular degeneration, which gradually destroys the macula, which is the portion of the eye that is responsible central vision; Potential cataracts of the eye; and, glaucoma, which is a term responsible for a group of diseases that can cause fluid and pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve.
While your eye care professional is there to look out for your eye health, you need to watch out for your own health at home and living a healthy lifestyle allows you to promote your own good eye health. Make sure to eat a healthy and a balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins that promote good eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in different species of fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut, are great for your eyes. Because you will be eating so well for your eye health, the rest of your body will also be in good health. This is important, because when a person is overweight and has a poor diet, he or she can contract diseases like diabetes. Diabetic Retinopathy, which is a complication of the diabetes, damages the blood vessels in the retina. A person with diabetes can also develop glaucoma, and both of these diseases can progress to total vision loss. Also, if you smoke cigarettes and need one more reason to quit, know that smoking cigarettes can cause macular degeneration and cataracts, and a host of other eye problems associated with damage to the optic nerve. Also, when you are outside, remember to wear protective eyewear and a brimmed hat. Exposure to UV Rays can be a detriment to good eye health.
Visit Vision Optical today to schedule your next eye-exam to maintain your eye health today!