Eye Health for Seniors

Vision loss, unfortunately, is a common symptom of aging, with adults over age 40 at the greatest risk of eye diseases and vision issues. While some things may be out of your control, there are steps you can take to prevent vision loss and promote eye health for seniors. 

  • Get a regular eye exam. Seeing an eye doctor and getting an annual eye exam, including dilation, is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing vision loss, as this will catch any major conditions before they progress to vision loss and blindness. Even if you’re not experiencing any vision issues currently, it’s still important to go to the eye doctor for prevention, particularly if you have diabetes. 
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet is an important part of overall health, and believe it or not, that means your eyes too. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens can be especially helpful because of the antioxidants they contain. 
  • Quit smoking (or don’t start). Smoking can increase your risk of age related macular degeneration and other common eye diseases. Plus, it’s just not great for your overall health. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you are currently smoking, take this as your sign to stop. 
  • Know your family history. Some eye diseases may run in your family, and while you can’t change that, you can educate yourself on your risk and stay on top on regular eye exams to catch and treat anything as early as possible.