Age from 40 to 60 marked a drastic change to your eyes, affecting your vision, as your eyes are embarking on an ageing journey. If you have been enjoying the gift of perfect vision, 40 years old will be the cornerstone for your eyesight change, causing quite a lot of inconvenience and frustrations.
From the 40s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. Initially, you may need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Or you may need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting.
Understanding Age-related Vision Changes
Just like your body, your eyes and vision change over time. While not everyone will experience the same symptoms, the following are common age-related vision changes:
Dry Eyes, Reduced tear production. With age, the tear glands in your eyes will produce fewer tears. This is particularly true for women experiencing hormonal changes. As a result, your eyes may feel dry and irritated.
Need for more light. As you age, you need more light to see as well as you used to.
Difficulty reading and doing close work. Printed materials can become less clear, in part because the lens in your eye becomes less flexible over time.
Problems with glare. When driving, you may notice additional glare from headlights at night or the sun reflecting off windshields or pavement during the day.
Changes in colour perception. This makes it harder to see and distinguish between certain colour shades.
A cataract is happening EARLIER
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts used to be very common in older people, 70 years and above. However, with the long hour exposure to blue lights from screens of computers, digital devices and mobile phones, Cataract is affecting younger adults, as young as mid-’40s.
Risk Factors that affect Eyes are increasing
It is a known fact that incidences of chronic diseases are on the rise. Adults over 40 who have the following health or work issues may be particularly at risk for developing eye and vision problems:
Consistently having dry eyes.
Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Health conditions related to high cholesterol, thyroid, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have vision side effects.
5 Ways to Slow Down Aging Eyes
1. Take breaks from your digital screens
In between TVs, computer, tablet and mobile phones, digital screen exposure are at an all-time high and that is taking a toll on your eyes. To slow down aging eyes, take both mini and longer breaks from your digital gadgets to enable your eyes to have some rest.
For longer breaks, we advise you to stand up as well as stretch your legs, neck and also back. While you do this, attempt shutting your eyes to relax the eye.
For mini-breaks, do try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on an object 20 feet away for a minimum of 20 seconds. This offers the small muscles in your eye the opportunity to relax for a moment.
2. Prevent your allergy triggers
Allergic reactions can create havoc on your eyes. How? Allergens activate a release of histamine in the body, which will trigger eye capillary to dilate and at the same time cause your eyes and nose to feel irritated and itchy. Prolong eye allergic reactions also leads to swelling and inflammation, which makes your eyes look tired and create strain to the eye.
If allergic reactions are causing you to have tired eyes easily, can consider taking an antihistamine when required, use the elimination method to identify potential triggers causing the strain to your eye.
3. Apply warm as well as awesome compresses.
Relieved eye stress with warm and cool compresses placed on your eyes. This not only improves the look of your eyes, yet it offers your eye a wonderfully relaxing treat.
First, apply a warm compress to help relax your eye muscular tissues, it raises the blood flow to your eyes. Then follow by placing a cool compress on your eyes, this minimizes the swelling and puffiness and also makes your eyes appear sharper as well as awake.
Applying warm and also chilly compresses is a natural home remedy for tired eyes. A sharp and energetic eye also will be more resistant to aging process.
4. Keep your eyes moisturized
Aging eyes start with eye dryness. Dry eyes can be caused by various factors, including age, taking certain medications or too much digital screen time.
The best way to moisturize your eyes is by drinking enough water. When your body is dehydrated, it usually causes dull or tired-looking eyes and also skin. Drinking more water is good for your overall health too.
5. Taking a proven supplement that supports eye health.
Plenty of claims are made about the positive effects of supplements on vision and eye health, but very few research studies support these claims. One exception is the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2). These are large studies conducted by the National Eye Institute, where it shows formulation following the AREDS and AREDS2 guideline helps for Age-related dry Macular Degeneration (AMD).
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