We use our eyes in everything we do.  Whether studying, working, or driving, our eyes are essential to our daily tasks.  However, we often take our vision for granted. As we get into our thirties and forties,  our eyesight begins to decline. Thankfully, there are a few lifestyle adjustments we can make to help preserve our vision and protect our eyes from potential health conditions related to aging. Here here are five ways you can maintain excellent eyesight as you age.

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    Chen Mizrach/unsplash

    Eat Healthy

    Good eye health starts with nourishing your eyes from within. Make sure you fill your diet with foods loaded with nutrients good for the eyes, such as vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Some examples are foods like tuna, salmon, nuts, eggs and green leafy veggies.

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    Bruce Mars/Unsplash

    Get Some Rest

    One of the easiest ways to preserve good eyesight is by getting enough hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep is not only good for your brain and body, but it also gives your eyes enough time to rest, improve lubrication, and restore them to their healthier state.

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    Atlas Green/unsplash

    Stay Active

    Every time you exercise or perform physical activities, it promotes blood circulation in your body and improves oxygen levels in your eyes, which is needed to remove toxins. According to research, people who are more active or physically inclined have a 50% lower risk of getting glaucoma, an eye condition that causes blindness in senior adults.

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    Tim Gouw/Unsplash

    Take a Break from Screens

    Technology has been a gift and a curse. It has allowed a lot of us to work from anywhere in the world but it has also put a major strain on our eyes. From our phones, tv's and laptops, our entire day can be spent staring at a screen. The blue light in our screens can caused eyestrain, blurred vision and dry eyes. Make sure you take a break from the screen every hour or so and give those eyes a break.

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    Steven Pahel/Unsplash

    Quit Smoking

    Smoking will only increase your risk of damaging your optic nerve, getting cataracts, macular degeneration, and other severe health conditions.


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