Tips offered for healthy aging of the eyes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 13 September 2013 09:19
DADE CITY, FLORIDA - September is Healthy Aging Month, making it an ideal time to shed some light on an important issue that impacts millions as we age - our eyesight.
With around 1.75 million people in the country having age-related macular degeneration, according to the National Institutes of Health, and another 2.2 million suffering from glaucoma, vision is a crucial issue for seniors.
The good news is that there are things you can do in order to help your eyes age healthily, regardless of one's age:
• Be proactive. Those who do nothing to protect their vision may find they have problems as they age.
• Eat healthy foods. Diet plays an important role in maintaining one's vision. Eat plenty of antioxidant-loaded fruits and vegetables. Also, it is crucial to opt for organic foods, so that your body does not take in all the harmful chemicals. Such chemicals provide a toxic overload, which impacts the eyes, as well as the rest of the body.
• Stay hydrated. Some people who have eye problems are also dehydrated. Start each morning with a full glass of room-temperature water. Drinking things like tea and coffee do not count. Add a little lemon if you prefer, which also helps to flush toxins.
• Watch the shades. Millions of people have taken to wearing sunglasses, but may not be choosing ones that actually protect their eyes. Dark sunglasses are not necessarily a good choice, as many may believe. When selecting sunglasses. opt for those that block ultraviolet A and B light to really offer your eye protection.
• Reduce eye stress. People stress their eyes in ways that they are not even aware of, such as sleeping in a room that has a night light, or light coming from an alarm clock or another room.
Another way people stress their eyes is to watch television in a dark room.

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