Taking Care of Your Aging Eyes
As you age, your vision changes; it’s a fact of life. But there are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy in your golden years, including getting enough sleep and regular exercise, wearing sunglasses outside and protective eyewear when working around the home, and recognizing what any changes in your vision could mean for your overall health.
For instance, a warning sign of both high blood pressure and diabetes is when the ability to see changes frequently. But adding simple habits to your everyday routines can help you maintain your eye health and your vision. For example, your eyes need good blood circulation and oxygen intake, both of which are stimulated by exercise. And wearing sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays which, over time, can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts.
Cataracts is a common eye condition of adults in their 50s and 60s. Having a cataract means your naturally clear eye lenses have developed a build-up of proteins. These proteins gradually clump together, causing your vision to become increasingly cloudy, dull, and yellowed. You may also experience glare from lights. When these symptoms interfere with your quality of life, it may be time to consider surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one. At the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, we offer several replacement lens options to meet your overall vision goals and match your lifestyle.
The most important step you can take to take care of your aging eyes is to have regular eye exams. During a comprehensive exam, your doctor will check for eye diseases and those that may lead to vision loss, and then create a personalized plan to help you maintain your eye health and your vision.
At the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, your vision is our focus. Request an appointment online or call us at 970-221-2222 to learn more about our doctors, our services, and how we can help you take care of your eyes.