How to Really Take Care of Your Eyes Over 50
At some point in their lives, almost everyone will need glasses.
Later in life, your eyes weaken and focusing becomes difficult. The focal point drifts farther and farther away, and reading small print up close might as well be like trying to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. At least you can blame all sorts of things on your bad vision once it goes!
If your job requires reading, you’re in a bind and may need glasses sooner. Once eyesight begins diminishing, you can’t reverse the process, but it may be slowed down with good eye care:
Eat Eye-Healthy Foods
Many kids grew up hearing their parents telling them to eat their carrots for good eyesight, and the adage has truth to it — carrots have a substantial amount of vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes healthy.
Other foods that are good for your eyes include those rich in copper, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E. Antioxidants prevent macular degeneration and can be found in egg yolks, dark leafy greens, yellow peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and carrots.
Do Eye Sets
You read that right. If you do eye exercises, you should start to see improvements in a month. They’re perfect to do when your eyes feel tired or when you wake up or go to sleep.
Before you do the exercises, you’ll need to warm up. Rub your palms together to create friction and hold them over your eyes for five seconds. Repeat this three times. Roll your eyes like you’re annoyed at your coworker for jamming up the copier again. Look up and look down. Circle your eyes around clockwise for a count of ten and reverse counter clockwise.
Hold a small object, such as a pen, at arm’s length and focus on it, slowly moving it closer until it’s a few inches from your nose. Bring it outward and inward for a count of ten, letting your focus follow it.
Exercise Everything Else
Don’t let the rest of your body feel left out! Exercise is good for your whole body, and it will improve blood circulation. Those tiny vessels in your eyes will reap the benefit and clean out harmful substances. People who exercise three times a week are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.