Lifestyle Changes that can Help a Person Delay Old Age Problems – Part 5
(Damage to Your Eyes)
As you age, experiencing problems with your eyesight is a common phenomenon. And, considering that more and more young people are becoming susceptible to wearing glasses, it becomes imperative that you take care of your eyes. In older people, the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration are common complaints. Macular degeneration is a condition where the section of the retina that allows you to see sharp images gets affected and you begin to have blurred or spotty vision. A good preventive strategy is to go for regular eye exams and deal with the problems under your doctorís recommendations.
Preventing Eye Problems
By adopting these simple lifestyle changes, you can delay the occurrence of eye problems. Hereís how:
?†††† Control your diabetes carefully because consistently high levels of blood sugar can cause diabetic retinopathy.
?†††† Quit smoking and exercise regularly.
?†††† Protect your eyes from the strong ultraviolet rays of the sun by wearing protection.
?†††† Incorporate dark green and colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet that contain the antioxidants you need to reduce the oxidizing free radicals in your body.
?†††† Choose whole grains and cereals.
?†††† Make sure your diet has adequate Omega-3 fatty acids that you can get from canola oil, walnuts, flax seeds and fish. Also, get enough lutein and zeaxanthin found in spinach, kale, carrots, sweet corn, squash, peas, and broccoli.
?†††† Eliminate saturated fats from your diet.
?†††† Cut back on your salt intake by avoiding processed foods. Excess of sodium can contribute to the formation of cataracts.
?†††† Choose healthy sources of protein such as egg whites, fish, pulses, nuts and lean meat.
?†††† Look for healthy oils to cook your food in.
?†††† Drink lots of water and avoid caffeinated drinks as far as possible. Go for unsweetened vegetable and fruit juices, preferably diluted with water.
?†††† Have milk and dairy products for the calcium but you could choose for the low fat varieties like skin milk, and low fat cheese. Dehydration can result in dry eyes.
Here are some of the supplements you could take to help fight the degeneration of your eye muscles:
?†††† Begin taking antioxidant multivitamins daily as soon as the formation of cataracts begins.† This is especially helpful for adults between the ages of 55 to 80.
?†††† You can reduce the risk of vision loss by up to 25 percent by taking beta-carotene (15 mg), zinc (80 mg), vitamin C (250 mg), copper (2 mg), and vitamin E (400 IU).
?†††† Try Vitamin B supplements that include folic acid and Vitamin B12.
Do remember that while supplements for your vision are safe to take, it is always advisable to take them under the supervision and direction of your doctor.