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See Well for a Lifetime:
Tips To Maintain Healthy Vision as You Age

The National Eye Institute


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In addition to making eye exams part of your routine health care, follow these tips to maintain healthy vision now and as you age:

Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Loading up on fruits and vegetables can help keep your eyes healthy and disease free. Dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens, which are good for your overall health and well-being, are especially good for eye health. Eye health benefits also come from eating fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk for diabetes. Diabetes complications, such as diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma, can eventually lead to vision loss.

Donít smoke. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Smoking increases your risk for age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and other eye diseases and conditions that can damage the optic nerve.

Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat when outdoors. Protecting your eyes from the sunís ultraviolet rays when you are outdoors is vital for your eye health. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. 

The National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the federal governmentís principal agency for vision research, offers additional eye health information and tips for people to protect their vision as they age. Visit www.nei.nih.gov/agingeye to learn more.

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