OVER THE COUNTER: Don’t lose sight of eye health
Recent research by the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that regular vigorous exercise could cut one’s risk of developing glaucoma by 73 percent.
This is yet more proof that eye health is influenced by many factors – some of which we have some control over, such as what we eat and drink, how much we exercise, how clean we keep our hands, how careful we are around sunlight, the supplements we take, and how often we get our medical checkups, both for our body and our eyes. All can all affect our vision.
But, first, let’s be honest and talk about what’s out of your control. Genetics, accidents and age have a say in how well you see and how likely you are to develop some eye diseases or injuries. Also, if you’re wearing glasses now for sight problems, only surgery may be able to change that – it doesn’t matter how many carrots you eat.
It’s also true that if you’re an older adult, you’re probably already noticing your vision is changing.
By age 40, you’ll likely start finding it difficult to focus on close-up objects – such as the letters on your cell phone screen – because of a common and annoying condition called presbyopia, which occurs when the lenses in the eyes thicken.
Into the 50s, this gets worse, and in the following years people also become at greater risk for developing cataracts.
By the 60s, the chance of developing a host of diseases increases. These include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness……
Source: MetroWest Daily News