Here at Readers.com, we believe happy eyes are healthy eyes. It’s no mystery that as we age, our eye health changes. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top tips for improving eye health in nearly every decade of our life, from our 30s through our 60s. While we should continually do all of these things – not just in a specific period of life – these are the best tips for the changes occurring to our eyes in each decade of life. 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 reading sunglasses that protect you from all ultraviolet light (for example, all of our reading sunglasses are UV protected). According to All About Vision, you should be sure that these factors are present in your sunglasses:
- Lenses that block at least 99% of both UVA and UVB rays, also called UV 400 Protection
- Lenses that meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z80.3 requirements
- Lenses made from Impact resistant materials such as plastic or polycarbonate
In your 40’s: 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 every day. Don’t forget your eyes need rest, too! If you work in front of a computer all day, and then go home and read on a tablet, phone, or other digital device, you’re putting a lot of strain on your eyes. Wearing computer glasses can help give your eyes the break they need throughout the day. You can read more about computer glasses and Digital Eye Strain here.
In your 50’s: 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). Similarly, the American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that glaucoma is very common in those 60 and older, but is often preventable with early detection.
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 frequently. Check with your own eye doctor for their recommendation.
In Your 60s: Eat a healthy diet.
At this stage in life, it’s harder to prevent age-related eye disease, but by continuing to keep your body and mind healthy, you can help your eyes. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and getting plenty of exercise 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.
Staying active can help maintain or improve your blood pressure, which can help in preventing or slowing the onset of glaucoma and Age-related Macular Degeneration. By including both strength and cardio into your workouts, you can help your entire body stay healthy!
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 help improve your eye health?