Did you know that one in six Americans over the age of 65 have a vision problem that can’t be fixed with prescription eyewear? Unfortunately, your risk for common eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts increases as you age.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is celebrating Healthy Aging Month for the entire month of September. They are hoping by raising awareness of vision loss that seniors will be empowered to take better care of their eyes.

Here are six ways seniors can protect their vision:

  • Have yearly vision exams

We can’t overstate the importance of yearly vision exams. If caught early enough, many vision problems can be managed. But if left untreated, vision loss and further complications can occur.

  • Have yearly physicals with your primary care doctor

It is important to stay up-to-date on yearly physicals, as well. Untreated conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure can cause problems like macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

  • Be on the lookout for any vision changes

Be on the lookout for any sudden changes with your vision and schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you notice them. Many people instinctively want to wait and see if the conditions improve on their own. But changes such as blurry vision, floaters, pain in your eyes, or sudden flashes of flight shouldn’t be ignored.

  • Protect your eyes from UV light

Harmful exposure to UV light can increase your risk for developing cataracts. Always wear sunglasses that offer UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat whenever you are spending time outdoors.

  • Eat a balanced diet

Did you know that your diet actually plays a big role in your eye health? Zinc, Omega 3’s, and Vitamins A and C have all been shown to promote good eye health.

  • Avoid smoking

Smoking causes many well-documented health problems like tooth decay, lung cancer, and breathing problems. It is also bad for your vision; individuals who smoke are at greater risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

If you are overdue for your yearly vision exam, don’t wait! Contact our office today and schedule an appointment.