Just because we grow up, it doesn’t mean that our bodies stop changing. One aspect of health that continues to change throughout adulthood is vision health.
Over the years, it’s quite common for people to experience eyestrain from staring at computer monitors, TV screens, or reading small print for too long. The lens of the eye also becomes less flexible with age, which makes it more difficult for the eyes to focus on objects that are too close or, conversely, far away.
Poor circulation, clouding of the lenses, and degeneration of the macula are also more common with aging, and can affect healthy vision.
If you’ve been starting to experience some of these changes, it’s nothing to fret about too much because they’re fairly normal. However, you still need to do all you can to support your vision throughout your lifetime.
Eye Protection Is a Must
One way to protect your eyes is to keep them physically covered when doing activities that may expose them to harm. Too much direct UV light from sunlight can damage the macula, the region of the eye that allows you to focus on fine details. So if you’re going to be outdoors on a sunny day, put on some UV-protecting sunglasses.
It should also be a no-brainer to wear protective eyewear if you play high-impact sports, work with machinery, or are exposed to chemicals.
Feed Your Eyes Through Diet & Supplements
In addition to physically protecting your eyes, you should also support them at the nutritional level through a healthy diet and supplements. Antioxidant vitamins—such as vitamin A, C, and E—help protect the eyes from free radicals that can damage eye tissue. Brightly colored fruits and leafy vegetables also contain beta-carotene, which supports pigment cells in the macula.
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil also promote vision health and other health areas, so you’ll be giving your overall health an added boost.
If you don’t get enough fish or vegetables in your regular diet (like most Americans these days), get the vitamins and minerals you need through supplements that you can take with every meal. You’ll not only be eating a more nutritious diet, but you’ll also be giving your vision a healthy boost as well.
- Beta-carotene. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/beta-carotene/NS_patient-betacarotene
- Healthy Vision for All Ages: Your Eye Health Guide. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/healthy-vision-for-all-ages-11/slideshow-vision-changes
- If you want lasting vision, eat those omega-3s. NBCNews. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41498974/ns/health-health_care/t/if-you-want-lasting-vision-eat-those-omega-s/