Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you need to surrender your vision health without a fight. Practicing proper eye care, especially early on, can make a big difference in making sure your eyes stay as strong and healthy as possible. Here are five easy ways you can take care of your aging eyes.

A Balanced Diet

Eating healthy is more than just about losing weight, it’s about making sure your body is consistently getting the nutrients it needs to function properly and fight diseases. It’s never too late to start working towards implementing a balanced diet into your lifestyle. Eating sugar, unhealthy fats and processed foods can increase your risk of developing eye disease, on top of many other health issues. Eating lots of green leafy vegetables, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can reduce your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, common vision problems with aging eyes.

UV and Blue Light Exposure

The exposure of both ultraviolet light and blue light have been connected to the increased occurrence of age-related eye diseases. To avoid harmful exposure, make sure to wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses whenever outdoors, whether it’s cloudy or sunny. If you’re staring at a screen for most of the day, then it may be worth it to invest in a pair of blue light blocking glasses. There are also filters and lighting settings available for many devices to reduce or get rid of blue light exposure altogether.

Smoking

Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, as many studies have shown. Eye disease is just another way in which smoking can negatively affect your health. Smoking has been shown to increase your risk of experiencing dry eyes as well as developing cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Inactive Lifestyle

Not only is living an active lifestyle healthy for your body, but it’s healthy for your eyes as well. Studies have shown a connection between regular exercise and a lower risk of developing glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic eye disease. Adding a regular workout routine is important to the longevity of your health and can be added in the simplest ways. On top of exercising however you wish, you can do little things to be active throughout your day, such as taking the stairs whenever you can or parking further away from your destination.

Preventative Care

It’s important to get your eyes checked on a regular basis so any early symptoms of age-related eye diseases like cataracts or macular degeneration can be detected and treated as soon as possible. Yearly eye exams are key to helping prevent the development of many eye diseases, as some don’t present symptoms until it’s too late to stop or slow its progression. Yearly exams can identify slight changes that can be indicators of a developing problem, improving your chances dramatically of restoring your eye health.

At Dr. Damanjit Johal’s Vision Care Centre, you’ll be taken care of by trained eye care professionals. Located in Langley, British Columbia, our optometrists will perform eye exams for both children and adults. We also offer luxury eyeglasses, contact lenses, prescription lenses and more. Give us a call to book your next appointment.