Many people associate poor eyolesight with age. However, there are many things that can diminish your eyesight such as being consistently exposed to UV rays, various health conditions, and staring at your devices for hours on end. If you’re not taking proper care of your eyes now, it’s unlikely they will improve with age. But there are some things that you can start committing to doing right now to help improve your eyesight as you age into your golden years.

Eat the Right Foods

There are a number of foods that help improve eyesight. To jumpstart your diet, make sure you get plenty of garlic, eggs, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, fresh eggs, cold water fatty fish, dark chocolate, and carrots. These foods are high in lutein, zeaxanthin, omega 3s, and vitamins like beta-carotene — the dream team for improving your vision.

Eye Exercises

The problem with tech-dependency today is that you’re conditioning your eyes to see at a specific distance and not far away. The blue-violet light that radiates from your phone can also cause damage to your eyes and put you at risk of developing macular degeneration. So it’s important to engage in eye exercises to improve your vision.

Our eyes need regular exercise in order to keep them healthy, just like your heart and muscles. For a few minutes each day, trace the figure eight with your eyes and then focus on something 10-20 feet in front of you. You can also practice holding out your arm and focusing on your thumb as you bring it in close to your face to improve your focus and eye muscles.

Having the Right Prescription

If you don’t have the right prescription for both eyes, you can end up making one more dominant than the other. This can impact depth perception and rapidly increase the loss of vision in the weaker eye. That’s why it’s important to visit your eye doctor annually so they can issue the proper prescription for both eyes.

Relaxation Techniques

Our eyes are constantly bombarded with visual stimuli which can quickly lead to eye strain. Eye strain is a big factor in causing poor eyesight and causes a laundry list of issues such as blurry vision, headaches, and dry eyes, to name a few. What you need is a little eye R&R every day. Try an eye spa by adding hot water to a towel and placing it over your eyes and temples. It will soothe your eyes and also your mind.

Seeing the Eye Doctor Each Year

The majority of eye problems can be avoided. But the longer you put off visiting your eye doctor, the more damage you do to your sight. Many small issues that can be caught early through an eye exam can undergo treatment to help improve your vision.

When it’s been too long to remember the last time you had an eye exam, it’s time to visit us at Laurier Optical. We’ll inspect your eyes and provide you with some tips on how to improve your vision as you age.