July is Healthy Vision Month: Tips for Seniors
We have finally made it to July after a challenging first six months of the year. This is Healthy Vision Month. If you are like most people, you have glasses or contact lenses that help you see clearly. However, even if you use contacts or glasses, it is in your interest to be aware of your eye health. Simply adding corrective lenses is not enough to ensure your eyes remain healthy.
Regular Eye Tests Are Essential
Ongoing eye tests make it that much easier for the eye doctor to determine if your eyes are healthy. These tests also ensure your glasses or contact lenses prescription is accurate and up to date. Your eye doctor will use the eye test to determine if you have any eye diseases and even use it to gauge whether you have other health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Eating Right Helps the Eyes
The food you eat impacts your eye health. The consumption of foods rich in vitamin C such as papayas, oranges, red bell peppers, and kiwi fruit along with foods loaded with antioxidants, carotene, and lutein decreases the risk of AMD. AMD is short for age-related macular degeneration. Examples of foods that are rich in antioxidants, lutein, and carotene include kale, squash, spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
Use More Light As Opposed to Less
If you are ever in doubt as to whether you should turn on more lights or fewer lights indoors, opt for more lights. Light is necessary to process what is presented on screens and in everyday life. Low lighting causes the eyes to strain that much more. Illuminate your living space and you will find your focus that much easier and also experience less eye strain.
Exercising really does have the potential to boost your eyesight and eye health. Exercise heightens the flow of blood, helping the eyes function as they should. Increased blood flow ramps up the level of oxygen that moves through the eyes as well as the rest of the body. This increase in oxygen improves vision quality and also removes toxins from the bloodstream to boot. So go ahead and start exercising, even if it is in the form of light walking, yoga, or stretching.
Give Your Sensitive Eyes a Break
The eyes are clearly quite the sensitive organs. If you watch too much TV, work on the computer for hours at a time, or do anything else without taking a break, your eyes will suffer. Be sure to step away from the screen or other activity at least once every couple of hours so you can moisturize your eyes with eye drops, take extra blinks, and get some fresh air.
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