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What can you do to avoid vision loss? See this

What can you do to avoid vision loss? See this

eye careKeeping your eyes healthy starts with knowledge, especially when it comes to diseases that can harm your vision. For example, the most common reason for vision loss in people over 40 is a clouding of the eye’s lens called cataracts. They often happen as a result of aging, but there are other contributors to forming cataracts that we can actually control.

Avoiding cataracts by avoiding conditions and situations that cause them

Some causes of cataracts include:

  • Sunlight
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

That means you should always protect your eyes with UV blocking sunglasses when outdoors. It also indicates that health conditions related to a poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise could contribute to the formation of cataracts.

Macular degeneration

This disease refers to the breakdown of the central portion of the retina and is the leading cause of vision loss for seniors. In fact, the older we get, the higher the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Women, Caucasians, blue-eyed people and those who have a family history of the disease are more likely to develop AMD.

Some causes of AMD that your can control

  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diet high in fat from meat and processed foods

The most controllable risk factor for AMD?

Smoking. It contributes to the development of macular degeneration, with every cigarette smoked causing damage to your vision.

Bright vision and dark leafy greens

Many studies have shown evidence that leafy greens can lower risk of developing AMD and cataracts. These lutein rich greens include:

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Parsley
  • Mustard greens
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Beet greens

A recent study has also lead scientists to believe that grapes may work in multiple ways to promote eye health.

Mother has always known best

When it comes to a lifetime of good vision, the message is clear. We need to eat lots of vegetables and fruits, exercise regularly, stop smoking and wear sunglasses. Plus, see your eye doctor on a regular basis to catch any problems with your eyes as early as possible. Call for your appointment today: 561.338.7722.