Keep Aging Eyes Sharp

According to the American Optometric Association, people in their early to mid-forties may begin to lose their ability to see clearly at close distances. This condition, known as presbyopia, is the result of the lens inside the eye becoming less flexible. In short, your 20/20 vision may not stand the test of time. Luckily, there are several things you can do that may help keep you out of the dark. Here are a few tips:

  • Get your vitamin A. Vitamin A supports retina function, as well as dim-light and color vision, and may help reduce inflammation in the eyes and prevent age-related macular degeneration. Actual vitamin A is called retinol, and while beta-carotene and other carotenoids are not actually vitamin A, they can be converted into vitamin A in the body. Retinol is found in animal products such as liver, shrimp, salmon, beef, eggs, and whole milk. Carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, are found in dark leafy greens, and other colorful fruits and vegetables such as carrots and apricots. Some supplements, such as multivitamins, can also give you a vitamin A boost.
  • Turn the lights down low. Use floor lamps and low-intensity light bulbs instead of fluorescent lighting in your home and office.
  • Revamp your computer. Make sure your computer has an LCD screen. Position it a little lower than eye level and about an arm’s length away. Reduce glare with an anti-glare monitor or by pulling the blinds down when you’re working on your computer.

Source: Washington Post

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