In our younger years, many of us took our vision for granted. With age comes wisdom, and unfortunately, too often vision problems. As we age we value our sight and want to protect our eyes as best as we can. Below, you’ll find tips on how to keep your eyes in the best health possible.
Many people who wear corrective eyewear already know that exams are a must, but few really understand the importance of getting exams regularly. Prescriptions for glasses are usually good for two years, while contacts prescriptions are good for only one year. And it goes without saying that your optometrist’s advice should always be followed closely—wear your glasses when you need them, and keep contacts clean.
If you avoid the eye doctor because you dislike having your eyes dilated, ask about getting a digital retina exam instead. It may cost a little extra, but it gives a more comprehensive view of the retina without the discomfort and inconvenience of dilation. Ask your optometrist if they offer this option.
The Best Frames
Even if you have a great optometrist and a perfect prescription, the wrong frames can make you less likely to wear your glasses when you need them. Though style may be important to you, comfort is key. Take your time when choosing frames and don’t be afraid to wear them for several minutes to make sure they don’t squeeze or pinch before making your purchase. A good optician can help give tips on how to make sure you’re getting a proper fit and will let you take your time.
The Best Lenses
If you wear contacts, getting the right lenses is pretty straightforward. Making sure your lenses are fresh and kept clean is the most important thing you can do to maintain them and take care of your eyes.
With glasses, however, there are a lot more options. For all-day wear, you’ll want to consider some options, such as anti-glare (a must if you spend a lot of time in front of a screen), and scratch-resistant coating. If you require bifocals, no-line bifocals in particular, keep in mind that if you’re wearing these lenses for the first time, they may take some getting used to. Your optician should take their time explaining exactly how they work and let you spend some time adjusting to them. You may not want to wear them while driving until you are comfortable in them.
As with regular glasses, sunglasses—whether prescription or not—can do wonders for preserving your vision. The very best choice you can make with sunglasses is getting polarized lenses. Rather than simply blocking out light, like regular tinted lenses do, polarized lenses actually filter out glare and harmful rays, allowing you to see more clearly while preventing cataracts and protecting your eyes.
When was the last time you cleaned your glasses? Not just the lenses, but frames as well? Most people who wear glasses regularly don’t realize that even though the lenses may be clean, the frames themselves may be carrying a lot of germs. Being so close to your eyes, this can be hazardous. Glasses should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth regularly. Be sure they have dried completely before putting them back on.
Eat Right for Your Eyes
Eating foods high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as leafy greens, and healthy fats such as fish, can help keep eyes healthy. And of course, don’t forget your carrots!
If the rest of your body is in good health, it follows that your eyes will be in better shape as well. If a habit is not good for your body, such as smoking or eating too much sugar, then it may be damaging to your vision. Protect your vision by protecting your health.