Dr. Jim Martin 09/23/2014

Eye_Doctor_-_Vision_-_Tools.jpgSeptember is Healthy Aging Month, the focus of which is to draw attention to the fact that you can make changes to your health at any age and that these changes can have a positive effect on your body. One area to focus on during September is your eye health. As we age, our eyesight can degenerate and the chances of eye problems, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, developing, become significantly higher.

Here are things you can do to help strengthen your eyes and reduce the risk of age-related eye problems:

Have a Yearly Eye Exam - Early detection can go a long way when it comes to saving your eyesight. Be sure that your optometrist dilates your eyes, as this gives them a better chance at detecting the early onset of problems such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. This yearly exam is especially important if your family has a history of eye problems.

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet - In your diet, be sure to include lots of vegetables and good fats. Carrots and dark leafy greens are especially good for protecting your eyes. As for good fats, omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon and tuna, and adding or keeping these fish in your diet can help protect your eyes.

Wear Sunglasses - Whenever you head outside, be sure to take your sunglasses with you. UVA and UVB rays can cause your eyesight to deteriorate. Wearing sunglasses and even a hat will help protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

Rest Your Eyes Often - This is especially important if you spend long periods of time focusing on one thing. It’s a good idea to give your eyes a break every 15-20 minutes. Focus on something far away, or close your eyes.

Put Down the Cigarettes - Smoking can cause serious damage to your eyes and increase your risk of macular degeneration, optic nerve damage, and cataracts.

Get Moving - Exercise can help increase the circulation to your eyes. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Both of these things are beneficial when it comes to keeping your eyes healthy. Even a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood can make a big difference in your overall health.

If you’re in need of a yearly eye checkup, or you have concerns about your eye health, contact the experts atBroome Optical today. We also have a wide array of designer sunglasses for every member of your family. We can help you take care of your eyesight so that you can continue seeing clearly well into the future. Contact us today to make an appointment because “Life Is Worth Seeing.”


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