According to a survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, four in five baby boomers ranked their vision as the most important sense. In fact, those same people said they worry about vision loss almost as much as contracting cancer or heart disease. But only fifty percent said they visit an eye doctor at least once a year.
What is the best way to protect your vision as you age? First, you should get an eye exam every year. Your doctor can help you determine your risk for eye diseases like macular degeneration. Be sure to know and discuss your family history of eye disease.
You should also protect your eyes by not smoking and always wearing sunglasses with UV protection. Regular exercise is not only good for your body, but also contributes to eye health as well.
Finally, be aware of the role nutrition plays in eye health. Vital nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega 3 protect your vision and keep your eyes healthy. To increase these nutrients in your diet, eat greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, along with salmon, halibut, and tuna. If you think you have shortfalls in your diet, you can take a vitamin supplement specifically formulated for eye health.