Age is consistently associated with a diminishing of the body in several ways. One of the most pronounced is generally eyesight. The number of jokes and comical depictions of people with thick glasses attest to this fact. Lessened eyesight can occur at any age due to a broad set of factors, but age-related issues can be minimized by taking the time to adjust your lifestyle and eliminate potential risk factors. The factors that contribute to greater issues with eyesight when we’re aging are relatively well-known and as a result, we’re going to cover a few of the more prominent ones. This is by no means an exhaustive list. You’ll want to talk to your optometrist or primary care physician to ensure that you know other potential issues that you may want to manage. That said some of the prominent risk factors are frequently tied to our own bad habits. Finding a way forward towards ensuring better eyesight will often help the rest of your health too.

Stop Smoking
This habit persists among people around the world for some reason despite the numerous ways in which it hurts our health. Smoking is a huge risk factor for age-related eye issues. This is because it drastically increases the rate at which degeneration can occur in the eyes. There are plenty of reasons for this connected to the chemicals involved in most cases, but it also comes back around to an enemy well-known to skin care enthusiasts: free radicals. Smoking actually introduces free radicals to the body that cause continual damage to it. The eyes are particularly susceptible. Further downsides add on to the issue and make it even worse. You eyes actually need a lot of oxygen and smoking interferes with their ability to acquire said oxygen and maintain healthy function. This impact lasts for some time even if you quit smoking. As a result, the sooner you stop, if you’re smoking, the better off you’ll be in many ways.

Eat Right
It is increasingly obvious to us all that our doctors weren’t kidding when they told us a healthy diet was crucial to our long-term health. Eating a healthy diet works to maintain and improve our health across multiple areas of health. This makes it little wonder that eating a healthy diet is also associated with helping to fight back against a potential lessening of eyesight. You get these benefits as a good diet provides your body with what it needs to repair things and what it needs to protect things. Without these, your body has issues doing what it needs to do. Also worth considering is the fact that not taking good care of yourself with a healthy diet tends to lead to an unhealthy weight for our bodies. Higher body weight is frequently associated with increased chances of lessening eyesight due to age. The general rule is to eat a diet heavy on colorful fruits and vegetables while including some meat, but not focusing on it.

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Protect Your Eyes
Be kind to your eyes. This makes intuitive sense, but we don’t always grasp what that means. It doesn’t mean ensuring you never strain your eyes. In most cases, a little bit of strain, such as from reading in lower light, will be healed overnight with no lasting issues. What we’re talking about is ensuring that you take appropriate precautions in bright light. Some studies indicate the sun is actually connected to potential damage to our eyes. The belief is that, similar to your skin, your eyes are subjected to damage from UV rays over time and the cumulative damage leads to a more rapid lessening of eyesight than you’d otherwise experience. Sun protection for your eyes is a must as a result. Invest in transitional lenses or dedicated UV protective sunglasses to ensure that your eyes have the best chance they can without you needing to restrict your enjoyment of the outdoors.

Most of us are likely to experience some lessening of eyesight as we age. It is a simple fact of life. We don’t all have to experience it at the same rate though. You can do a lot to manage your overall health and improve the chances that your eyes will last longer simply by taking care of them. We’ve covered a few options for helping safeguard your eyesight, but it is up to you to talk to a doctor about any further steps you can take.

 

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