Tips for Eye Health in Seniors

As we age, our eyes naturally deteriorate and our vision becomes less effective if we do not take the proper steps to maintain it. Thanks to research and technology, there are several opportunities to keep your sight maintained. 

Below are some 20/20 tips to keep your vision in shape:

  • Schedule regular visits. Develop a consistent schedule with an eye doctor, so any problems will be detected before they become irreversible or chronic. Seniors should also make sure to visit an eye doctor if they experience any symptoms that include blindness, flashes, floaters, eye spots or soreness
  • Wear proper eyewear. Wearing sunglasses when in the sun is a great start, but so is making sure your contact lens and glasses prescriptions are up-to-date. If you have not had an updated prescription in a while, make an appointment with an eye care provider.
  • Take the proper steps with technology. The more time we spend in front of our phones and computers, the more strain is put on our eyes. If you or your loved one spend a lot of time in front of screens, consider investing in blue light glasses to block the glare and to take breaks away from looking at screens.
  • Food and diet. There are some foods that help with eye health. Consider adding foods like leafy greens such as spinach, oily fish (that contain a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids), non-meat protein sources and citrus fruits like grapefruits and oranges to your diet. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your eyes or any other symptoms you might be experiencing, contact your eye doctor or other health care provider.