Rx Optical Blog Image Protecting Your Vision as You Age 11.26.18

5 Tips for Protecting Your Vision as You Age

As you age, you may notice your eyesight getting weaker.

You avoid dimly lit restaurants and the font is as large as it can be on your phone. That’s because your eyes start to struggle with seeing close distances in your mid-40s, especially when you’re on your phone or reading a book or menu.

This is a normal change in the eye’s ability to focus, and is called presbyopia. Presbyopia is among the most common eye problems in adults aged 41-60.

So, what should you do to keep your eyes and vision protected as you age? Here are 5 tips from our expert team:

Wear Sunglasses

While we all know that looking directly at the sun isn’t safe, being outside without sunglasses is also harmful. UV rays take no days off, so always bring sunglasses with you. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV rays, even on cloudy or snowy days.

At Rx, we offer prescription sunglasses so that you never have to be without clear vision while protecting your eyes from damaging sunlight.

Wear Prescription Glasses

Are you noticing your vision is strained when reading up close or using your phone? Updating your prescription in your glasses can help alleviate the strain in your vision.

If you don’t wear prescription glasses already, scheduling an appointment with Rx is a great first step in determining if you need to wear glasses.

Boost Your Diet

Simply changing a few areas of your diet can help to keep your vision sharp. Including foods like eggs, legumes, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and fish in your diet can help to protect your eyes and vision. This is because they contain healthy elements like zinc, omega-3, and vitamins C and A.

Interested in learning more? Check out our blog on the “Top 5 Foods to Boost Eye Health”.

Stay Active

An active lifestyle is good for the entire body, and that includes your eyes. Exercising regularly can help to reduce your risk of developing problems that can end up leading to eye disease.

Want to protect your eyes as you exercise? Ask your Rx optician about prescription sports frames.

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam is the best thing you can do to identify what is causing your eyes to strain. Our experienced doctors will be able to develop a vision plan for you and get your vision set up for success.

 

At Rx, we employ an expert team of doctors who are committed to helping protect your eye health. Schedule an exam with us today and take the first step in protecting your eyes from aging.

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RX OPTICAL CELEBRATES WORLD SIGHT DAY

Every year, to support eye health around the world, all of us at Rx Optical participate in World Sight Day.

More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they don’t have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. The organization Optometry Giving Sight funds projects that gave sight and hope to more than 1 million children in 2017 alone. They are passionate about the work they do, and we are excited to support that work. The money raised on World Sight Day supports programs that train local eye care professionals, establish vision centers, and deliver eye care and low-cost glasses.

Leading up to World Sight Day, Rx Optical gathers donations by putting together fun baskets to auction off. We create baskets with themes such as golf, family game night, toolkits, and more. Our employees buy raffle tickets to win those baskets, and the money from the raffle goes toward the World Sight mission. We also purchase World Sight t-shirts and wear them in the office.

We are passionate about promoting good vision health around the world and are especially excited that this year’s campaign will support children’s vision and will help give kids who have struggled to see properly their first pair of glasses.

It’s sad to think that there are millions of children around the world struggling to learn and frustrated with their lives simply because they can’t see and can’t afford proper eye care. The World Sight Day Challenge makes it simple and fun to help these kids. And, even our patients can get involved. You can make a donation to support the World Sight Day mission here. By becoming a donor, you will be helping to transform lives through the gift of vision.

You can learn more about the Optometry Giving Sight organization on their website, and you can see how we are celebrating sight by stopping in to any of our locations!

NEW TREATMENTS FOR CORNEAL DYSTROPHIES ON THE HORIZON

The cornea can be thought of as the “windshield” of the eye. This clear, multilayered surface, like many other areas within an eye has the potential to develop a wide variety of disorders; some are called corneal dystrophies, many of which are inherited. However, new research is looking promising for some possible advanced treatment options to these potentially visually devastating dystrophies.

Endothelial cell restoration is a new technique being investigated that could replace the current surgical treatment options. The cell restoration would be available in a topical drop form, greatly improving ease of treatment. The drug has been used in for several years for repair in the heart, pancreas and several other vital organs, now showing promise for the eye. The mechanisms of the medications being researched are still unknown for the large degree but are believed to influence the way cells move, grow and die.

The endothelium cells are the innermost layer of this multilayered window and often the layer most dramatically affected with corneal dystrophies. Most research is being done in patients with Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy and/or post-operative cataract surgical patients. However, if success if found with these common ocular dystrophies other more rare dystrophies may also be treatable with this approach.

Research is still being done to investigate if cell restoration would be a stand a long treatment or used in conjunction with other treatment options for more advanced cases. Either way, it proves that constant advancements in the ocular treatment and management are not only benefiting overall ocular health but the lifestyle of patient themselves. This last point continues to be the driving force behind much of today’s research and shows remarkable promise for patient care in the years to come.

Written By: Dr. Kimberly Whitely, OD