The sad truth is that after the age of 40, our eyesight begins deteriorating. While not all eye issues can be prevented, the eye doctors at Michigan Eye Institute have compiled a list of tips to follow that should keep your eyes healthy for longer.

Don’t smoke

This seems like common sense but you’d be surprised at how many people assume smoking won’t affect their eyesight. Studies have shown that smokers are more likely to develop AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and are at an increased risk for developing cataracts.

Wear sunglasses

Specifically, wear UV-blocking sunglasses, which help prevent the development of cataracts and retinal damage. They also protect the delicate eyelid skid to prevent skin cancer (and less importantly, wrinkles) around the eye. Check for 100 percent UV protection for both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Rest your eyes

Being aware of eye fatigue is pertinent, especially if you regularly work in front of a computer. Follow the 20-20-20 rule in the workplace: look up from your screen every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Eye fatigue can cause issues such as dry eye and even vision loss.

Eat healthily

Foods that help circulation are good for your vision, so incorporate the following foods into your daily diet: citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, carrots, and whole grains. Foods that are rich in zinc, such as lean red meat, oysters, and poultry, can actually help your eyes resist light damage!

Attend your annual eye exams

These examinations are vital to maintaining vision and reducing the chances of vision loss due to disease. If you suspect your vision is declining, don’t wait to see a specialist! Waiting will only continue to strain your eyes and further reduce your vision capabilities.

Contact our eye specialists for comprehensive vision services today! Michigan Eye Institute now has six convenient locations in Oakland County, including Flint, Fenton, Lapeer, Grand Blanc, and Oxford.

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