Eye loss is one of the major concerns as we age. According to the CDC, there are 61 million adults that are at high risk for vision loss in the United States. The effects of aging don’t stop with wrinkles, popping knees, and grey hair. The aging process also takes its toll on your eyes. Conditions to consider are cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related molecular generation.
According to Dr. Albert Jun from John’s Hopkins University, “As individuals, our bodies ages differently from each other,” says Johns Hopkins ophthalmologist Albert Jun, M.D., Ph.D. “However, an abundance of evidence indicates that keeping yourself in good health as you age decreases the occurrence or effects of age-associated eye problems.”
An easy way to prevent age-related vision issues to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam after you reach the age of 40.
How to Maintain Proper Eye Health as a Senior
As you age, maintaining proper eye health is essential to both preserving your vision and living a healthy lifestyle.
Keep a healthy weight
Obesity has more negative implications on your health than the standard high blood pressure, stress on your joints, diabetes, heart disease. Being overweight and obese also affects your risk of developing cataracts. Staying at a healthy weight proves to be one of the best ways to prevent cataract development.
Did you know that studies also suggest that being overweight increases your risk of glaucoma and ARMD? Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy life lifestyle proves to pay its weight on gold as you enter your golden years. Since a health-conscious diet is a quick way to make improvements to your eye health, which foods are the best to eat as you age?
- Raw Red Peppers
- Sunflower Seeds and Nuts
- Dark and Leafy Greens
- Sweet Potatoes
- Lean Chicken
- Beans and Legumes
Throw on the Sunglasses
Sunny days always put a smile on your face. However, extensive exposure to UV light can have serious consequences on your eye health. Did you know that a 1998 Johns Hopkins study was among the first to link sun exposure to an increased risk of cataracts? Be sure to purchase sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB light wavelengths.
Smoking already has a long list of negative implications associated with overall health and well being. People that smoke are at very risk of developing cataracts compared to those that don’t smoke non-smokers. Smoking is so bad that studies have shown that doubles their chance of forming cataracts. The risk increases the higher volume in which you smoke. Cellular changes, oxidative stress, and vascular constriction are the main symptoms that can develop as you age and continue to smoke.
At Golden Pond, we help residents stay fit and active during their stay with us. Chef-prepared meals with a focus on health is a foundation of our care. We also keep residents busy with a wide variety of on-site activities as well as a fitness center to keep a healthy lifestyle and avoid potential health issues. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out by filling out the form below to schedule a tour.