Seeing clearly: Maintaining eye health as we age

Our vision is a precious gift, and as we age, our eyes undergo changes which can increase the risk of certain eye disorders. Maintaining good eye health as we age is important and can help prevent vision problems. Below are a few strategies you can employ and some important things to keep in mind.


  • Make regular eye exams part of your routine: Schedule comprehensive eye exams with your ophthalmologist every one to two years, especially after the age of 65. These exams can detect early signs of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma, allowing for early intervention and treatment. They can also detect vision changes and adjust prescriptions as necessary.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun: Just like your skin, your eyes need protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays whenever you're outdoors, even on cloudy days.
  • Eat well: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to good eye health. Maintaining a healthy weight and managing chronic conditions like diabetes can also help protect your vision.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. If you smoke, quitting is the single best thing you can do for your overall health, including your vision.
  • Limit screen time: While staying connected digitally is important, excessive screen time can contribute to eye strain. Take regular breaks, focusing on a distant object for 20 seconds every 20 minutes of screen time.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and managing stress can all contribute to good eye health.
  • Know your family history: Certain eye diseases can be hereditary. Talk to your doctor about your family history and any potential risks.


By following these tips and prioritizing regular eye exams, you can take proactive steps towards maintaining good eye health and enjoying clear vision for years to come. Remember, early detection and treatment are key for managing eye problems. Don't hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns you might have.

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