Friday, April 24, 2020

Keeping An Eye On Eye Health As We Age

Like just about the rest of us, our eyes can start to get a little funky as we get older, and can begin playing up on us in new and not-so-exciting ways. Your eyes are the keys to one of the most important senses of all and, as such, it’s important to be aware of what can affect them and how you can protect them.

Mind your screens
One of the dangers that are relatively unique to modern life is our exposure to blue light. This type of light is predominantly produced by digital screens, including your PC or laptop monitor and your smartphone. This blue light leads to digital eye strain, which can lead to discomfort, dehydration, and even endanger your vision.

A healthy body leads to healthy eyes
By taking care of our bodies, we’re taking better care of our eyes. People who are less active, for instance, are more likely to experience vision loss as they age, so finding time to exercise is crucial. So, too, is ensuring that you eat foods that can reduce the chances of developing macular degeneration, like dark leafy greens, carrots, wild salmon, and turkey. You need to give your body the nutrients it needs to fuel the eyes.

Irritation and dryness are a serious risk, too
Dryness and irritation of the eyes can be caused by all kinds of issues. Getting dust and dirt particles in the eyes can lead to irritation. Blue light, as mentioned, can lead your eyes to dry out. It might present as just irritation alone, but you might also get more than normal eye discharge. This might not mean you’re at risk of losing your sight, but it can definitely get in the way of your ability to function normally, but it can be treated with eye drops.

Take care after injury
If you have had an eye injury due to trauma or due to getting something stuck in your eye, then it can lead to genuinely dangerous conditions. An untreated eye infection can lead to a corneal ulcer, which causes pain, swelling, and other painful symptoms, and can also lead to total vision loss if not treated. If your eye is painful, red, swollen, or produces thick discharge, make sure you see a doctor immediately.

Organize that vision test
If you want to make sure that you’re taking care of your eyes and protecting your vision, then you need to know how good your vision is in the first place. Schedule an appointment with your optometrist to get the low-down on your eye-health. They will help you layout a schedule of when to get your eyes tested and help you address any changes in vision loss. Early detection is essential, as treating changes in your vision early can stop it from changing further.

We need to protect our eyes as we age. Not only can we help ensure the health of our sight as time goes on, but we can live a much more comfortable life if we’re not always dealing with dry, irritated eyes, too.

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