Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

If you've enjoyed the tradition of reading the newspaper every day with your morning breakfast for decades, keeping your eyes healthy as you age means you be able to continue to enjoy catching up on news, current events, and maybe even doing the daily crossword puzzle.

Some vision loss is a normal part of aging, according to the American Optometric Association. But as you age, it's even more important to protect your vision and be aware of eye-related diseases that could make it difficult to read the newspaper, drive a car safely, and do other things you may have taken for granted for years.

One of your best defenses to maintaining your vision as you age is an annual eye exam. Your optometrist can look for signs of any age-related disease like diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, and age-related macular degeneration. In many cases, early identification and treatment help these conditions from getting worse. And in some cases like cataracts, surgery can significantly improve eyesight.

Your health and lifestyle habits can also impact your vision as you age. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two known conditions that cause nerve damage and increase pressure in the eye that leads to vision loss. Regular eye exams and an annual check-up with your family doctor can identify health risk factors that could impact your vision early on, and give you time to take corrective action before vision loss irreversible.

We know your food choices play an important part in preventing or controlling high blood pressure and diabetes to protect your vision. That's why we created the MagicKitchen.com collection of Complete Meals for Seniors. Check out the 70 healthy and tasty meal options designed to help you live a healthy senior lifestyle. You'll even find some breakfast options to enjoy while you read the newspaper.