Aging may be inevitable, but what if we told you there are five ways to keep your eyesight young as you age?
• 7–9 Hours of Sleep
You need it! Not only for productivity, but for your eyes’ sake. While sleeping, your eyes are receiving the proper lubrication they need to perform at their best the following day. While your body rests, your eyes clear out dust, smoke or any other irritants.
• Visit your eye doctor yearly
This becomes even more important as you age. This is one of the key tips in keeping your eyes in good shape as you age. Make an appointment with a VSP network doctor near you.
• Pump, Pump, Pump It Up
Exercise is what the body needs to stay healthy and young—especially the eyes since many age-related eye diseases are linked to health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. It’s recommended by the World Health Organization that aging adults exercise 150 minutes a week or around 30 minutes a day. There are many other benefits with exercising, like weight loss, reduced risk of a heart attack and blood pressure regulation.
There are plenty of food options to help prevent vision issues if eaten often enough. Omega-3 fatty acids are a notable example. A rich source can be found in fish, which can prevent symptoms like dry eye.
• Clean, Clean, Clean
Remove eye makeup and any dirt that has built up over the day from your face. The tissue around your eyes is very sensitive, so wash your face with that in mind. If you have the habit of sleeping without washing your face correctly, small pieces of debris or makeup can end up in your eyes.
• Glasses for Nighttime Driving
Driving at night can put a great amount of strain on your eyes. It’s recommended not only for your safety, but for the health of your eyes, to store an extra pair of eyeglasses in your car for nighttime driving. Consider wearing no-glare or polarized lenses to assist in minimizing the glare from lights on the road or oncoming traffic.