Having good eyesight is very important, it helps you to see clearly far and wide. It’s very important that we maintain healthy eyesight to perform different tasks and activities.
As a person starts growing older they might feel notice some changes to his vision. Most of these changes are refractive errors. According to the National Eye Institute:
“Refractive errors occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina.”
Common refractive issues experienced by aging adults are:
- “Hey, when did they start making the print in my book so small?” (far sightedness/hyperopia)
- “Who is that person waving to me across the street? I can’t make out their face …” (nearsightedness/myopia)
- “Can somebody turn on the light? It’s dark in here!” (astigmatism)
- “I can’t quite make this out …” (presbyopia)
We can’t stop the passage of time, but there are things that we can do to maintain healthy vision for as long as possible. Proper and regular eye care will only help you enjoy the beautiful things in your life.
5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes
There are different ways to protect your eyes. The five best ways to take good eye care are:
You need to visit your eye doctor regularly. It would advisable to consult an ophthalmologist if you experience eye aging, eye swelling, and irritation in the eyes, color blindness or any other eye related problems. From age 20-64 years old, you should get a complete eye exam every 2-4 years and once 65 and older every 1-2 years.
It’s very important that you follow different disease prevention techniques. There are different eye diseases that can lead to permanent loss of eyesight. Few of such diseases are Glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetes. Most of these diseases are incurable. However you can still prevent them if you take regular and timely care.
• UV Protection
Avoid exposing your eyes to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. Protect your eyes from the sun’s rays as much as you can with glasses/sunglasses that block UV rays or by donning a hat.
One of the best ways to protect your eyes from different problems is by wearing safety glasses. You need to wear suitable glasses especially if you are working with hazardous and harmful air-borne materials.
As you grow older your eyes will gradualy need more light to see properly so keeping rooms well lit will increase visabilty as well as help prevent eye strain from doing focus intense activities.