Many people begin to need reading glasses after age 40– even if they’ve never needed glasses before. As we age, our eyes age, too! The lenses of our eyes lose flexibility, which is why people may find it more difficult to adjust their focus from items far away to nearby items. The chance of our eyes, not only losing flexibility but developing more serious conditions increases as we age as well.
A few common eye problems which tend to arise as people age are:
- Dry eye
- Macular Degeneration
South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners, in most cases, can treat, delay progression, or in some cases, correct, these issues if caught early in their development. You can help to prevent these problems by working on your eyes’ health now. Even if your eyes are perfectly healthy, you should consider these tips because healthy habits are key in preventing these conditions in aging eyes.
Following habits that can boost eye health:
- Wear Sunglasses. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are extremely dangerous to our eyes. Find sunglasses that not only look good but also have 100% UV ray protection – and the sticker to prove it!
- No Smoking. Smoking is a risky lifestyle choice on its own, but It also increases your chances of developing age-related macular generation. Investing in smoking cessation classes are benefit your eyes and your lungs!
- Avoid Digital Eye Strain. Blue light from digital devices has been a hot topic lately and for good reason. Staring at screens of any kind including, phones, tablets, computers, and television for consistent periods of time strains your eyes and can cause short and long term damage. Take regular breaks from your devices.
- Continue Seeing Your Eye Doctor Regularly. Early detection is very important when it comes to aging eyes and vision problems. Your eye doctor will be able to detect problems early, so schedule that yearly exam today!
South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners provides the expertise, experience, and technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida. Comprehensive eye exams by our board-certified optometrists Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Melanie Hill, Dr. Jodie Norman, Dr. Lauren Rowe, and Dr. Valerie Ferrell in our Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie and Douglas, Georgia offices as well as our Madison, Florida office.