Top Tips to Protect Your Vision as You Age

Protecting your eyesight is key if you want to enjoy a happy and full life. Here’s why yearly senior eye exams are so important and some steps you can take to ensure your vision remains clear as you age.

Scheduling regular senior eye exams with your Calgary optometrist is the first and most important step in protecting your vision. During this appointment, your eye doctor can examine your eyes and detect early signs of certain eye conditions that become more common with age, including: 

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration 

Detecting and treating/managing these eye conditions early is very important to prevent vision loss and protect your quality of life. 

Our Calgary Optometrists Provide Comprehensive Senior Eye Exams

At our Calgary eye clinic, our professional optometrists provide a wide range of services for patients of all ages, including senior eye exams, contact lens fittings, cataract management, and emergency eye care, to protect the health of your eyes and maintain the clarity of your vision. 

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How to Take Care of Your Vision as You Age 

As you age, your doctor will tell you to take care of your body with exercise and a healthy diet. In much the same way, you must look after your eyes. Here are some simple tips on how to take care of your vision as you age: 

Keep Your Eyes in Check 

There are certain actions that you can take to specifically look after your vision and eye health. This includes: 

  • Getting regular senior eye exams. Seniors must get yearly eye exams to identify age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, or glaucoma. Preventive eye care is critical for spotting problems early.

5 Benefits of Yearly Senior Eye Exams

  • Protect your eyes from the sun. Whenever you are outside (whether it’s summer or winter), make sure to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses that offer total UV protection. 

  • Look after your contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, make sure you follow your eye doctor’s instructions on how to look after them. This includes changing your case regularly, never showering or sleeping in your lenses, and never wearing expired lenses. 

Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Aging Eyes 

Apart from visiting your eye doctor regularly and taking care of your contact lenses, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to protect your vision as you age. This includes: 

  • Eating healthy. A healthy diet is critical for healthy eyes! Foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids or vitamin E/C, such as vegetables, fish, nuts, and fruits, can help maintain your eyesight. 

  • Stop smoking. Smoking is the cause of many health issues, and this habit can negatively impact your eye health by increasing your chances of developing conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.

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  • Avoid digital eye strain. Your phone, computer, and/or tablet emits blue light, that can cause eye strain and discomfort. If you use your computer a lot, make sure to take frequent breaks and ensure you have adequate lighting. Also, talk to your optometrist about how blue light lenses can protect your eyes. 

3 Benefits of Blue Light Lenses

  • Get enough sleep. As we sleep, our eyes enjoy constant lubrication. Also during sleep, the eyes will clear out any irritants such as allergens or smoke that may have accumulated during the day. 

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise improves your blood flow and this will increase the amount of oxygen that circulates through your body, including your eyes, and will help improve the quality of your vision. Consider light forms of exercise such as walking and yoga. 

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To find out more about our senior eye care services, including eye exams, cataract management, and glaucoma testing, contact our team at our Crowfoot (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292) branches.

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