With age comes freedom, wisdom and less-than-perfect vision. As we age, it is important to keep an eye out for macular degeneration. Here are six best ways to prevent age-related macular degeneration:
Clear the smoke
This is overstated but it’s entirely true – do not smoke or stop smoking. The retinas in your eyes consumes oxygen at a high rate. Smoking limits oxygen delivery to your retinas, which can increase your odds of developing macular degeneration.
Don’t Eat Blindly
Carrots aren’t the only foods that are great for eyesight. Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collards contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help improve vision and decrease your risk of macular degeneration. *Add just a cup of leafy greens to every meal to keep your eyes healthy.
Snack on nuts such as almonds, peanuts or cashews. Nuts contain vitamin E, which can help protect the cells in your eyes from free radicals, and macular degeneration.
A recent study found regular exercise can help reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration. Visit the gym often to preserve your eyes and your overall health.
We get most of our vitamin D from sun exposure; however, too much sun exposure can lead to several health risks such as developing macular degeneration, loss of vision quality and ultimately blindness. This is why it is important to purchase sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection. Check out Premier Medical’s optical shop for some stylish shades!
The number one best way to prevent macular degeneration is to get annual eye exams. Eye exams can determine need for eyewear as well as check for eye conditions and diseases such as glaucoma. Schedule your eye exam today.
Premier Medical understands ‘an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.’ Keep your eyes healthy by following these easy steps. If you’re experiencing any changes in vision, make an appointment today to visit one of the eye specialists at Premier Medical.