As we age, it’s more important to find ways to safeguard our eye health. Although you may go for regular eye exams and follow doctor’s orders, there are some other ways you can be proactive when it comes to keeping your peepers in tip-top shape!
Keep a Healthy Diet
Believe it or not, there are certain foods that can increase the health of your eyes. Choose foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Try some of these eye-friendly foods:
- Leafy greens
Smoking can increase your risk of developing eye disease. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, smoking can increase your risk of:
- Dry eye
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Optic nerve problems
- Graves Disease
No matter what time of year, being exposed to the sun can put a strain on your eyes. Always keep a pair of sunglasses handy for protection against harmful UV rays. Wearing a large brimmed hat will also protect you from sunlight that can creep in around the perimeter of your sunglasses that won’t give you protection.
The Arbors Assisted living encourages our residents to lead a healthy lifestyle. For more tips on senior health, check out our blog! To learn more about how we can assist your senior loved one, contact us to schedule a tour of at one of our five convenient communities.