When you were younger, unless one or both of your parents were medical doctors, it’s unlikely that you ever paid much attention to your eye health and rather assumed that you would always be able to see clearly and have bright, beautiful, and clear eyes.
As you become older, however, you slowly begin to become more and more aware of, for example, the road signs on the highway that you used to be able to see clearly from further away than you can now, and when this happens to you, it’s time to take action. With that in mind, here’s how to look after your eyes and your eyesight as you begin to age.
Stop Smoking (Right Now!)
First and foremost, you would have had to have been living under a rock not to be fully aware of the multitude of physical health risks associated with smoking cigarettes or cigars, especially for older people.
When it comes to your eyes, you may well not be aware that smoking ten cigarettes or more a day can actually serve to double your personal risk of developing macular degeneration as you age, so this is another compelling reason to give up tobacco for good.
Consider Trusting in LASIK Technology
Another popular choice for those who are experiencing a natural decline in their eyesight in one or both eyes is to choose to have laser eye surgery, ideally with LASIK technology, which is universally accepted to be the safest and most effective form.
The most important decision, after having taken the one to have laser eye surgery yourself in the first place, is to make sure that you find the best laser eye surgery clinic in your area, even if this means having someone drive you further than your nearest surgery is located.
Attend a Yearly Eye Exam
Even if you’re more than careful when it comes to looking after your eyes and your eyesight, you’re simply unable to take an objective view of your eyes, and this is why an annual eye examination is so important.
Not only will these examinations give you a chance to get back on track and ask your medical doctor any questions you have, but they will also mean that, should you be in the developmental stages of one disease or more in and around your eye area, they’ll be detected and sorted earlier.
Break any Bad Eye Health Habits
Finally, if you’re guilty of using the same eyeliner and mascara way beyond the recommended sell-by date or tend to forego breaks for your eyes when you’re staring at your computer screen, it’s now time to stop these bad habits.
As a general rule, no makeup should be more than four years old, and you should not only be wearing blue-light reflective glasses when working at your desk, but if your job role involves a lot of dust and debris in the air, protective eyewear is essential, too.