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Looking To The Future - How To Protect Your Eyes and Vision

Jul 15, 2018 by Comfort Keepers Newark, DE

Going to the eye doctor is one of those visits that many seniors have to make regularly, even if they never had eye troubles in their younger years. This is because along with hearing, mobility and other components of our health, vision can naturally degrade with time. Certain eye conditions are also more commonly diagnosed in older age.

But instead of going through the routine of the same-old eye checkup, why not be more involved in your eye care? It could help you learn more about your vision and its changes, and can ensure you’re making the most out of each appointment.

Here are some questions to research yourself before your next visit, as well as to ask during your appointment to keep you as informed as possible on your eye health:

Eyes in Older Age

As mentioned above, eye issues more commonly arrive in one’s older years.

Your optometrist is a great resource to learn how your eyes may change both generally and individually. They will look at your current (and past) medical history, as well as family history to see if you have predispositions to any serious eye problems.

They can also educate you on effective preventive measures to take, especially if you do have genetic influence for some conditions.

Lifestyle and Vision

Did you know that the way we live our lives affects our vision, too? Yes, being a couch potato and eating all of that fast food not only affects your heart, weight, and other components of your health, but can also greatly impact your eye tissue and vision.

Living a healthy lifestyle is our best bet in protecting our eyes, regardless of age. Your optometrist can update you on current research and trends on this topic that are seen to be aiding eye health.

Glasses vs. Contact Lenses

If you haven’t had this conversation with your optometrist yet, it’s about time you do.

Having both glasses and contacts for various situations are beneficial to an eye patient. Whereas glasses are more low maintenance and comfortable for the eyes to most, contact lenses are great for those instances you worry about damaging or losing your glasses, or they’re just downright in the way (try going kayaking or getting sweaty at the gym with your glasses on and see how annoying they can get!).

However, your specific situation may prevent you from being able to wear contacts. This is why it’s important to have this conversation, so you can know what options are available to you.

The Importance of an Eye Exam

Above all, it’s important to realize that seeing your optometrist regularly is not a mere suggestion to just put on the back burner. A comprehensive eye exam can not only help find any issues with your eyes or vision, but certain components of your overall health may be identified here, too, such as signs of diabetes or high blood pressure. These signs may not even be noticed by your normal doctor!

If you haven’t seen your eye doc in a while, now’s the time to schedule your next visit. It could help more than just your eyes!

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