Here at Readers.com, we believe healthy eyes are happy eyes. We know that as you age, your eye health changes. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top tips for improving your eye health in nearly every decade of your life, from your 30s through your 60s. Read on for healthy advice — and be well on your way to happier eyes!
In your 30s:
Protect your eyes from the sun.
By the time you’re 30, you likely know all about protecting your skin from the sun by regularly wearing and reapplying SPF. Do you make that same commitment to your eyes? Protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays is important, too! Overexposure to the sun can cause early onset cataracts and other harmful eye conditions. When you’re outside or driving, always wear a pair of sunglasses or sun readers that protect you from all ultraviolet light (for example, all of our reading sunglasses are UV protected). According to WebMD, there are three indicators you can look for on a pair of glasses to know that you’re getting full protection:
- Lenses that block at least 99% of both UVA and UVB rays
- Lenses that meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z80.3 requirements
- UV 400 Protection
In your 40s:
Get enough rest.
Your 40s are the age when presbyopia might begin to affect your vision. Presbyopia is the condition in which your eyes have trouble focusing on up-close words or objects. The most common solution? Reading glasses! Now might be the time to invest (or stock up) on readers so that you don’t overstrain your eyes.
In addition to dealing with presbyopia, getting enough rest in your 40s is another important health tip. Your 40s are a busy time, likely filled with work, family, and other extracurricular commitments. Make a commitment to yourself to try and get the recommended eight hours of sleep everyday. Also, make sure your eyes take sufficient breaks throughout the day. If you work in front of a computer all day, you’re likely putting a lot of strain on your eyes. You can read more about our tips for resting your eyes and easing eyestrain here.
In your 50s:
Prevention is key.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that damages the part of our retinas needed for sharp, clear vision. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 50 and older. Early detection of this condition is crucial in prevention and treatment (you can read more on that here). In your 50s, it’s important to prioritize regular check-ups with your eye doctor to stay on top of your overall eye health. If you do not wear glasses or contacts and have no health or vision problems, seeing your eye doctor every other year is a good idea. If you do have glasses, wear contacts, or have eye or other health issues, your visits should be more frequent. Check with your own eye doctor for their recommendation.
In your 60s:
Eat a healthy diet.
Doing naturally good things for your health, like eating a balanced, nutritious diet, becomes more important the older you get. You’ve likely heard that carrots are a superfood for maintaining your vision and keeping your eyes healthy. While this is true, there are a lot of other foods you can also eat to maintain healthy eyes! When you’re planning your grocery list, look for leafy greens, citrus fruits, and fatty fish. The antioxidants and vitamins in these foods are an instant eye-health boost. Here’s a quick list so you can stock up and get cooking.
- Brussel sprouts
- Nuts and seeds
We hope you learned something from our age-related eye health tips. For more information, read our complete Eye Health Guide. What will you do to improve your eye health? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!