Aging is a natural part of life and some health challenges can't be avoided.
Like any other part of the body, your eyes are susceptible to age-related problems.
Age-related risks include dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. But you can reduce your chances of vision loss and keep your eyes healthy by following some simple steps.
Make sure to get a comprehensive eye exam in which your eyes are dilated. Dilation allows doctors to check for signs of damage or disease.
Wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim and use protective eyewear when playing sports. Prolonged sun exposure is linked to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Know your risk factors. A family history of eye disease means you have a greater chance of problems down the line.
Give up smoking, or if you don't smoke, don't start. Research has linked smoking with a host of eye problems.
And eating right will protect your sight. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is crucial for healthy eyes. It's also helpful to eat fish high in omega-three fatty acids, like salmon, tuna and halibut.
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