3 Easy Tips For Seniors To Maintain Healthy Eyes & Improve Vision
Older adults are much more sensitive to eye problems as they age. By following 3 simple methods, seniors can easily protect themselves from vision loss.
Learn how to develop healthy eyesight before eye problems occur
When you think about it, losing the ability to see the world around you can be scary. We completely rely on our vision for even the most basic tasks. As we age, it’s easy to get in the mindset that deteriorating health is just part of life. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Here’s three easy ways to fight poor vision and maintain healthy eyes no matter what age you are!
Easy Tip # 1: Add fruits, nuts, and veggies to main dishes
Vegetables: Bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and all dark green, leafy vegetables
Fruits: Grapefruit, strawberries, oranges, lemons, berries, cantaloupe
Nuts: Sunflower seeds, almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts
Why these in particular?
These foods offer valuable nutrients that contribute to eye health. While most vegetables are high in vitamin A, citrus fruits contain a good amount of vitamin C. Nuts contribute essential fatty acids, which are also important for eye health.
These foods can easily be incorporated into any diet. Cut up bell peppers, carrots, and brussel sprouts to add to a salad with dark green romaine. Grab a handful of nuts or seeds for a snack.
If you have a caregiver, add these to your weekly grocery list to always have fresh food on hand.
Easy Tip #2: Choose the right vitamins & supplements
No one wants to swallow 53 pills every morning. However, vitamins and supplements can provide excellent sources of nutrients if your diet doesn’t regularly include nutritious foods. Here are two ways to keep the pill amount low and the nutrition high.
Taking a multivitamin? Remember, not all vitamins are created equal.
For eye health, multivitamins should have an adequate daily amount of:
Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, and choline), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
To keep it simple, Vitamin A through Vitamin E are excellent for preventing (slowing down) glaucoma and maintaining general eye health. Daily amounts vary for each individual, so if you are not sure of the recommended daily dose (according to FDA standards) is sufficient, check with a doctor.