April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month and puts the focus on ocular health since maintaining optimal vision is a vital part of your well being.
When it comes to health, people tend to overlook their eyes, Deteriorating vision seems to be an accepted part of life and aging. We all think that as we get older, we’ll simply not be able to see as well. After all, nearly 90 percent of adults over the age of 45 wear some kind of glasses - whether for reading or driving at night or seeing far.
However, there are more serious vision issues that also occur with age including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. Here are some ways to lessen and even prevent your chances of developing severe vision problems.
Eat for your eyes - Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts, Foods that contain a hefty dose of these nutrients include: green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards; fish such as salmon and tuna; non-meat protein sources such as eggs, nuts, beans; and citrus fruits including oranges and lemons.
Protect your eyes - The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Wear sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving. You also need to protect your eyes if you work with If you work with hazardous or airborne materials by wearing safety glasses or protective goggles. And when playing sports you should also wear protective goggles.
Take a break from your devices and computer - Looking at at a computer screen for too long can cause a lot of issues including blurry vision, eyestrain and dry eyes. Be sure to do the following to help eliminate those issues:
- Get up every 20 minutes or look away from your screen and focus on something abut 20 feet away for 20 seconds to refocus your eyes.
- Talk with your doctor about whether or not you need computer glasses that help with contrast, glare, and eyestrain when using a computer.
- Use an anti-glare screen if there is a problem with incoming light or glare from overhead lights.
- Be sure to position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor.
Stop smoking - Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.
See your eye doctor - You should be having regularly scheduled visits with your eye doctor for eye exams. Vision tests, changes in vision and tests of optic nerve pressure can help in early detection of eye diseases making them easier to treat.