Keep an eye on your best as­sets

Rutherglen Reformer - - Cooking Matters -

Your eyes are a vi­tally im­por­tant part of your well­be­ing and there are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are see­ing your best.

Be­cause our eye­sight changes as we get older, al­most all of us will need to wear glasses or con­tact lenses by the time we’re 65, in many cases we need help with read­ing from our early 40s.

Any­one over 60 should also visit their op­ti­cian ev­ery year, not only to en­sure we meet the cur­rent driv­ing stan­dard but your op­ti­cian can also check the health of your eyes.

An eye test can pick up eye dis­eases, such as glau­coma and cataracts, as well as gen­eral health prob­lems, in­clud­ing di­a­betes and high blood pres­sure.

Re­cent fig­ures sug­gest a high num­ber of older peo­ple have not had a sight test re­cently. Go­ing for regular sight tests and wear­ing the right glasses will not only im­prove bal­ance, co-or­di­na­tion and mo­bil­ity but will help to main­tain gen­eral eye health.

If you can’t leave your home be­cause of ill­ness or dis­abil­ity, you can have an NHS eye test at home. Con­tact your usual op­ti­cian to find out if they can visit you at home.

Fol­low th­ese sim­ple steps for main­tain­ing healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Have a com­pre­hen­sive di­lated eye exam. You might think your vi­sion is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but vis­it­ing your eye care pro­fes­sional for a com­pre­hen­sive di­lated eye exam is the only way to re­ally be sure.

Know your fam­ily’s eye health his­tory. Talk to your fam­ily mem­bers about their eye health his­tory. It’s im­por­tant to know if any­one has been di­ag­nosed with a dis­ease or con­di­tion since many are hered­i­tary.

Eat right to pro­tect your sight. You’ve heard car­rots are good for your eyes. But eat­ing a diet rich in fruits and veg­eta­bles, par­tic­u­larly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or col­lard greens is im­por­tant for keep­ing your eyes healthy, too.

Be cool and wear your shades. Sun­glasses are a great fash­ion ac­ces­sory, but their most im­por­tant job is to pro­tect your eyes from the sun’s ul­tra­vi­o­let rays.

Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the com­puter or fo­cus­ing on any one thing, you some­times for­get to blink and your eyes can get fa­tigued.

Main­tain a healthy weight. Be­ing over­weight or obese in­creases your risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes and other sys­temic con­di­tions, which can lead to vi­sion loss, such as di­a­betic eye dis­ease or glau­coma.

Look here Eye care is an im­por­tant part of any health regime

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