September is Healthy Aging Month! We all age — it’s unavoidable — so making sure that your body and mind are in the best shape they can be will go a long way toward living a healthy life throughout all its stages. This includes your eyes! One in six Americans over the age of 65 have vision problems that can’t be corrected with glasses or contacts, meaning that there are underlying health issues contributing to poor vision. At All About Eyes, we focus on preventative care, catching problems early before they become major difficulties later.
The best preventative care measure you can make for your eyes is to have a yearly exam. Comprehensive eye exams can identify and diagnose various eye diseases like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, as well as spot general health concerns like thyroid problems, high blood pressure, and so on. We’ve all heard the saying, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” But really, the eyes are the window into what’s going on with your body.
Apart from a yearly eye exam, taking care of your overall health is essential. Eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, no processed foods, and drinking plenty of water will nourish your body — and eyes. Of course, staying physically active as you age is important for both your body and mind, too.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to wear your sunglasses! They will help to block out harmful ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes.
Here’s to happy aging!