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The Death of Your Vision and How to Avoid It

By Brandi Goodman 

The death of your vision is inevitable as you age. That is, unless you find ways to avoid it. Most people lose the ability to see well, or even see at all, without the help of various aids and even medications. With some tweaks to your lifestyle and habits now, you can help prolong your working eyesight as long as possible.

Eat a Vision-Friendly Diet

Certain foods are better for your vision than others. You want to avoid sugar and processed food because they contain toxic chemicals that can do damage to your vision. You want a vision-friendly diet, such as foods with antioxidants that fight off these toxins and prevent degeneration. Vitamins A and E are helpful for your eyesight as well. Sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs, oranges, salmon, and sunflower seeds are good sources.

Get a Yearly Eye Exam

A visit to your regular doctor isn't enough. You need a yearly exam with an eye doctor as well to determine if your vision is the same or worse than the year before. Getting an exam regularly helps you to find any changes that are starting so you can begin a plan to help prevent further damage. 

Wear Sunglasses

The sun can be damaging to your eyes. Never look at the sun directly so the harmful UV rays do not have the chance to penetrate the cornea. You should always wear sunglasses when you're outdoors to protect your vision from any potential damage from outside forces.

Exercise Often

You may not think that exercise can help your eyes -- but it does exactly that. Exercising allows more blood and oxygen to flow. You'll get better circulation to your eyes which can help to keep your vision working well. You should get as much physical activity as you can in the day -- at least 30 minutes is recommended.

Take Breaks From Devices

Computers, tablets, phones, and other devices that emit blue light can be damaging to your eyes. You may find them feeling dry and sore after staring at a screen too long. Make sure to take breaks from devices so you can give your eyes a chance to rest. You should stop at least every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away to help refocus your eyes. Never spend all day on devices if you can help it and limit your screen time as much as possible.

Low Vision Awareness Month in February encourages you to get your vision checked regularly. You want to take all appropriate steps to keep your vision intact for as long as you can. Numerous aids, such as glasses, contacts, and medications, are available when you can't protect your eyes, but they will never allow your vision to return to full function. Do what you can now to keep your eyesight strong.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avon, Ind.

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