As we get older, our vision changes.
Ageing brings wisdom and experience, as well as changes to our sight.
Sight changes can make it harder to focus on objects, distinguish colours, or needing more time to adjust to light.
This is just a few possibilities of how our vision can change as we progress through life.
If this sounds familiar, you may benefit from wearing reading glasses or having improved lighting around your home.
The reason why our vision naturally declines over time is because of presbyopia, when the lens inside our eye stiffens.
This usually occurs from the age of ten but doesn’t really become noticeable until our mid-to-late-forties.
The good news is there’s no need to worry as it’s a natural process and it happens to everyone.
As well as changes in sight, the risk of developing a serious eye condition also increases as we age.
These conditions include cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
However, the actual loss of vision is not a normal part of ageing.
Your family can also give an indicator of how well your vision will be over time.
If they suffer from poor vision, it may be worth considering as time goes on.
Ultimately, our vision later in life will be determined by lifestyle.
Here are a few simple steps to help protect and maintain your vision for longer.
Having a balanced diet that is rich in green, leafy vegetables and oily fish is an excellent start.
Exercising frequently can also help keep your blood pressure low and avoid diabetes.
If you do have diabetes it is essential to supplement this with a healthy diet.
Avoiding smoking can half your risk of developing macular degeneration in your later years.
The sooner you quit, the better your chances of protecting your eyes.
Aside from the overall health benefits, maintaining your vision for longer is certainly a reason to stub it out!
Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
These rays have been known to contribute to eye conditions like macular degeneration.
To make sure your eyes are protected always read the label when purchasing.
Look out for the ‘CE’ or British Standard mark to be safe!
These small lifestyle changes are important to help preserve your sight for longer.
A regular sight test remains essential to identify and monitor any underlying/developing eye conditions.
Visiting your optician gives you a better chance of maintaining your vision through life.
When coupled with some smart lifestyle changes you can help yourself see better and live better.
Click here to find out more about how Visioncall can help you with a sight test at home.