Tips for Optimal Eye Health at Any Age
Taking care of your eyes begins with healthy habits at home. These steps are an excellent start to superior eye health:
Schedule a regular eye exam at least every two years, especially diabetic patients.
Take frequent breaks when looking at a computer screen, reading or any near work.
If you smoke, quit – smoking can increase the risk of cataracts and systemic disorders that affect the eyes, like diabetes
Eat a nutritious, low-fat diet that incorporates fish, citrus fruits, and leafy green vegetables
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV light; if you play contact sports or regularly work in the garage, wear safety goggles for added protection. One third of facial cancers from the sun occur around the eyes.
Exercise – Getting the blood pumping moves oxygen throughout the body, including healthy flow to the eyes
The risk of some vision conditions simply increases with age. Many patients who are over 40, for example, are likely familiar with presbyopia, a loss of focus in near vision that makes it difficult to read books, newspapers, and other objects up-close.
If you suffer from presbyopia or other vision complications as you get older, Dr. Wilmarth can examine your eyes and recommend correction options. You might be able to benefit from procedures like Monovision LASIK, insertion of a premium intraocular lens after cataract surgery, or other treatment to keep your sight clear throughout your golden years.
To find out more about eye care options at any age, please contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center or call (916) 850-3060 today for a free vision consultation. Dr. Wilmarth welcomes patients from the Greater Sacramento area and communities throughout Northern California.