Maintaining Good Eye Health over 50
The best chance to help safe-guard your vision is to detect issues early with regular eye examinations. Between examinations, if you notice a change in your vision, or your eyes are injured in any way, contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Remember, if you are over 50 years old, you should have an eye exam every year. Eye health may also be maintained by exercise, diet, rest and other healthy habits.
Nutrition is a Key Component of Eye Health
As part of an eye-healthy diet, choose foods rich in antioxidants, like vitamins A and C, such as leafy, green vegetables and fish. Many foods – especially fatty fish like salmon – contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the health of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision.
An inadequate intake of antioxidants, as well as over consumption of alcohol and saturated fats may create free-radical reactions that can harm the macula. A diet high in fats may also cause deposits that constrict blood flow in the arteries.
What If Diet Just Isn’t Enough?
Studies indicate that proper nutrition is important to help maintain eye health. As we age, our eyes may not get enough nutrition through diet alone.
Ocuvite Adult 50+ MiniGels Formula Eye Vitamins help replenish vital nutrients your eyes can lose as you age.* This is our formula to help support eye health, with Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega-3.* The MiniGels use a highly purified fish oil and are 25% smaller than the original Ocuvite Adult 50+ soft gels.
Does Smoking Affect The Eyes?
Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. While the connection has not been clearly identified, it’s a fact that smoking increases your risk of developing a variety of conditions that affect eye health.
Exercise is important because it improves blood circulation, which, in turn, improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins. Walking, yoga and stretching and breathing, can be effective ways to exercise to help stay healthy.
Find out more in next week’s post
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
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