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Have the vision to keep your eyesight

Have the vision to keep your eyesight

Thursday, March 7, 2024


As we age, it is natural for our health and senses to decline. So, if you want to keep your vision strong to see your grandchildren, retirement sunsets and the things on your bucket list, follow the guidelines below to keep your eyes healthy and seeing all they can. 


Wear sunglasses 

The benefits of sunglasses go far beyond fashion. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 of UV-A and UV-B radiation.  


Watch your blood sugar 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of blindness caused by diabetes is preventable. The general rule of thumb is to keep your A1C below 7%. However, based on other health factors, you may have a different goal. Talk to your doctor for recommendations on preventing and living with diabetes.  



Staring at a computer screen, TV or reading for several hours can take a toll on your eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, you should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  


Eat more than carrots 

In addition to carrots, research has shown eating lots of fruits and vegetables, including spinach, kale and collard greens, is good for your eyes. The CDC also refers to studies that say fish high in omega-3 fatty acids is beneficial. Try salmon, tuna and halibut.  


Get your dilated eye exam 

According to the National Eye Institute, a dilated eye exam is the best thing you can do to keep your eyes healthy. The exam can detect diseases that don’t have symptoms and enables your eye doctor to treat them earlier, increasing your odds of successfully dealing with them.  


Best practices 

As always, if you have concerns about your eye health, contact your eye doctor.  


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Genesis HealthCare System’s Health and Wellness content conveniently provides accurate and helpful information. Your health history and current health may impact suggestions provided through our Health and Wellness content. Although we hope this information is helpful, it is not a substitute for your doctor's medical advice. Before making any significant changes, please consult your doctor.