We don’t typically lose vision as we age, but certain conditions can lead to vision loss. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and cataracts tend to occur in older individuals, so this can account for changes envisioned with age. In some instances, early detection can prevent loss of vision.
It’s important to mention that some eye diseases do not have symptoms. Make sure to have a comprehensive eye exam. Those aged 18-60 should have one at least every 2 years. Those older than 60 should have one annually.
It’s important to keep your whole body healthy since it can affect your eyes. Here are some helpful tips:
- Maintain a healthy body weight (obesity can lead to diabetes which can cause blindness)
- Eat healthy: dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, and collard greens), as well as fish high in omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, halibut)
- Quit smoking!
- Wear sunglasses (eyelids are a great spot for cancer to show up so pick up some lenses with UV protection)