September is National Healthy Aging Month - a time to focus on the fact that we're all growing older, and consider some ways we can improve our health and overall quality of life. There's one important area that often gets overlooked time and time again: our eye health.

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The indication signs are there for most of us. Maybe you have trouble seeing at night or difficulty making out the fine print. The American Academy of Ophthalmology lists several ways our eyes can change as we age. There's no avoiding it. However, there are some simple things you can do to protect your vision and keep your eyes healthy.

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Wearing Sunglasses

One easy way to protect your eyes is by wearing sunglasses. Ultraviolet rays can speed up the aging of eyes and contribute to cataracts. Consider always wearing sunglasses with full UV protection when you're outside, even if it's cloudy.


 

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Diet

Your diet also plays a role in eye health. Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc can help with age-related vision issues. Try eating more fruits like oranges and berries, vegetables like carrots and spinach, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon.


 

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Exercise

A healthy overall lifestyle is also important. Exercise improves blood circulation, which can improve eye health by reducing pressure on the eyes. If you're a smoker, quitting smoking greatly reduces your risk of eye disease.


 

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20-20-20 Rule

Here's a good one. When you're reading or working on a computer, remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This easy exercise reduces eye strain and gives your eyes a needed break.


 

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Eye Exams

Lastly, regular eye exams are a must. Just like you would never skip an annual physical check-up, your eyes also deserve the same attention. As we get older, the risk of eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration increases.

Taking care of your eyes is a lifelong commitment but one that definitely pays off. None of us are getting any younger. There are many more life moments to come that you don't want to miss. So, during this National Healthy Aging Month, make a promise to give your eyes the attention they need and deserve. The above steps can help.

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