See Life Differently – Looking After Your Eyes
While in some cases it could be argued that genetics can play a part in whether or not you’ll develop conditions such as cataracts, there is a lot to be said for taking charge of your own health and making sure you’re aware that how you live your life can drastically affect your vision and your eye sight not just now, but further down the line. There are plenty of factors that you might not realise can have a bearing on how your eyes bear up as you head towards your more senior years.
If you’re overweight, if you drink heavily or smoke then you are more susceptible to developing serious conditions such as cataracts, blindness or idiopathic cranial hypertension. Carrying extra pounds means that you can be more likely to suffer from eye symptoms such as blind spots, loss of vision, or even illnesses such as diabetic retinopathy if you have issues with your blood sugar. Smoking can cause problems with the eyes if an elderly patient develops a condition like macular degeneration, as it is likely that tar and other chemicals from the cigarettes can end up deposited into the retina.
Making sure you limit the amount you drink, stopping smoking and taking regular exercise are all recommended to make sure you maintain optimum visual health. However, certain foods – especially ones that contain lutein, zinc and vitamin A are all paramount. Oily fish and fruits and vegetables that are orange or green in colour are particularly beneficial. Whilst it is always better to get these from natural food sources, sometimes it is acceptable to take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to make sure you’re getting the right RDA. Your sight is such an important sense, don’t risk it – look out for it.
Author: Peter Aldred