The anti- aging industry is a booming business generating billions of dollars a year in revenue. However while so much money is being spent on appearance, very little attention is being devoted to improving our vision health, even though the process of process of aging is increasing the likelihood of age related vision diseases. Such age related vision diseases that affect seniors in America include the following: glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
While aging is inevitable there is a lot that you can do in terms of preventive medicine to ensure that your eyes are healthy even into your senior years. Even in cases whereby you have an existing eye disease there are steps you can take to slow or even reduce the negative effects of aging on the visual system. Therefore, here are some recommendations to ensure the healthy care of aging eyes from a 2015 survey conducted on eye health:
1 Have Knowledge of Family History: there are some eye diseases that are hereditary in nature. According to the AOA (The American Academy of Ophthalmology), some genetic factors determine your risks for certain eye diseases. Take for instance, people with relatives diagnosed with age related macular degeneration had a 50% risk for developing this eye disease. From the point of view of Glaucoma, in terms of genetic risk factors, the likelihood of developing this eye disease was about 40%
2 Quit Smoking: this survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology showed that smoking increased the risk for age related macular degeneration by 150 -200%. This percentage varies depending upon how much the person smoked. Smokers also reported a 120% increase in eye inflammation.
3 Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam – certain eye diseases such as Glaucoma or Diabetic Retinopathy do not exhibit symptoms. Therefore, the American Academy Of Ophthalmology highly recommends this type of eye exam even in cases whereby symptoms are unnoticeable. This is also due to the fact that early prevention enables you to get better treatment for eye conditions and diseases due to the fact that it has been detected in its early stages.
4 Pay Attention To Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure And Your Cholesterol Levels – In your middle ages and your senior years you need to pay attention to major health indicators; in other words you need to check your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Monitor these health indicators and follow your doctor's recommendations to keep your numbers under control so that they remain in the normal range. Remember that these factors can influence your eye health for better or for worst therefore, the AOA recommends paying attention to diet and exercise to help you to accomplish this goal.
5 Consume The Right Nutrition – To improve your vision eat a lot of fruits and dark green leafy vegetables and ensure that your foods are rich in Omega- 3 Fatty acids and the vision supporting nutrients, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
In terms of protecting your eyes from the negative effects of aging there are measures that you can take to accomplish this goal. These include monitoring your blood pressure, gaining knowledge of your family history, eating right, quitting smoking, and taking a comprehensive eye exam. By incorporating these healthy tips you can protect, preserve and maintain healthier eyesight regardless of age.[ad_2]
Source by Joel Travers King