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August 08, 2022

How to Protect Your Eyes As You Age


Taking care of your vision is so important, especially as you age! There are many ways you can protect your eyes. Taking proper precautions early and often can make a big difference in your overall health and wellness—eye health included. Are you taking the proper steps to ensure complete eye health? 

This year for Eye Health Month, Fedelta wants to point you in the right direction to ensure proper year-round vision care. Here are tips and tricks from Fedelta’s home care services Seattle experts that will keep your eyes healthy for years to come!

What Are The Best Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy? 

Taking care of your eyes is easier than you think. The best way to address complete eye health is to practice living an overall, healthy lifestyle. Here are a few ways you can do that.

Avoid Smoking

Let’s be clear, smoking isn’t top on this list to be judgemental. Smoking is really bad for your eye health. According to Dr. William Brown from the Mayo Clinic, “the nicotine in cigarettes robs the blood of oxygen. It constricts blood vessels, and so, basically, it reduces the blood flow to all parts of the body." Healthy blood flow is a vital part of keeping your eyes healthy.

Eat A Healthy, Well-Rounded Diet 

This might sound cliche, but you can make a lot of progress in terms of eye health by simply eating a healthy diet. Eating healthy can prevent diseases, like diabetes. Diabetes is known to have significant impacts on eye health due to diabetic retinopathy. 

According to the CDC, diabetic retinopathy is “caused when high blood sugar damages blood vessels in the retina (a light-sensitive layer of cells in the back of the eye). Damaged blood vessels can swell and leak, causing blurry vision or stopping blood flow.” This can cause life-long vision problems.

Healthy Vision-Promoting Foods

If you’re looking for foods that specifically address eye health, look for foods that contain Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Zinc. A short list of foods that contain these essential nutrients are:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Nectarines 
  • Salmon 
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Ricotta cheese (part skim)
  • Peanut butter
  • Spinach 
  • Almonds
  • Chickpeas 
  • Strawberries 

Eating healthy foods that contain essential eye health nutrients is a great way to address complete eye health. 

Stay On Top Of Your Exercise 

Exercise is important for so many reasons. It improves mental health and keeps you slim. Recent studies have also found that it can play an important role specifically in your eye health! 

A link has been found between exercise and eye damage prevention. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people who are over 50, but exercise may help to ward off this degeneration! Exercise can also prevent diabetic retinopathy as well as glaucoma. Time to re-up that gym membership!

Wear Your Sunglasses

Shades do more than make you look cool, they also help to keep your eyes healthy! Ultraviolet light can damage your retina. Sunglasses block UV light from causing that harm. If you wear contacts, check to see if they provide your eyes UV protection and consider switching to a different brand if they don’t.

How Can Fedelta Help You Address Your Complete Eye Health? 

It’s easier to address your complete eye health when you have a helping hand. Senior home care can provide you the support you need to practice the healthy habits that lead to better, overall health. 

Home care services Seattle teams, like Fedelta can help you shop for and cook the right foods that promote wellness. Caregivers can also help you remember to take supplements and other medications. If you’re not able to drive to the gym for exercise, a senior companion can make sure you get to and from safely, so you can stay invested in your health. 

Fedelta would love to help you on your complete eye health journey. For more information, set up a free consultation with a Fedelta Care Manager today.