Our early years of life have given us a healthy vision and eyesight, which is something that is easy to take for granted. Similar to many other health issues, our eyes are subject to various changes over time. It is important to be aware of your family history and continue to care for your vision so you can maintain the vision of your youth.
Under the age of 40, healthy lifestyle habits and changes are essential building blocks for good vision as you age. After 40, most people experience a decrease in close-up vision. After 60, you may see more noticeable signs of aging such as cloudy vision, needing more light to see, and difficulty driving at night. In addition, you are more susceptible to eye and health problems that may diminish your vision.
The good news is that eye health can be maintained and preserved throughout your lifetime. Make sure you know how to take care of your aging eyes throughout all stages of life with regular examinations and guidance from your holistic optometrist.
At the ages of 19 – 40, you may experience the need for correct eyewear such as glasses or contact lenses. The stress of a heavy work or school load can lead to dry eyes, eyestrain and red eyes. Be sure to follow a regular eye exam schedule with your optometrist. Most importantly, developing good eye health practices can have a positive effect on your long-term vision. Important habits include:
- Eat healthy foods
- Wearing sunglasses
- Reading and working with the recommended lighting
- Frequent rest to reduce eye strain
- Using blue light filters or glasses when working on a digital screen (including your mobile phone)
- Wearing eye protection for sports and for construction
- Stress management: stress compromises your immune system which leads to eye infections, dry eyes, and tired eyes
- Exercise regularly to increase blood and oxygen circulation to keep eyes healthy
As we age and especially after 60, the eyes follow the rest of our body in being more susceptible to health problems. Unhealthy eyes are often the result of an unhealthy body. Hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia can cause serious eye health and eyesight problems.
Frequent signs of ocular aging include an increase in spots, distorted vision or images, fluctuating vision, halos around lights, and more. Some of these features are considered high risk in many cases, but they can also be indicators of larger visual problems that need to be addressed. For example, loss of peripheral vision could be a sign of glaucoma; seeing spots or a veil along with bright lights could be a sign of retinal tear or detachment.
Dr. Brisco firmly believes in the value and long-lasting importance of wellness and preventive care. Remember, Unhealthy eyes are often the result of an unhealthy body. Good vision will help you to enjoy all the beauty that life has to offer. As an Integrative Optometrist and Clinical Homeopath, as well as a fitness enthusiast, Dr. Brisco can help you with a game plan for healthy vision through a healthy lifestyle. Contact our team today at (323) 521-4770 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment.
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