older people

The 7 ways older people can look after their eyes


1. Have a regular sight tests at least every 2 years, that allows the optom to check for Diabetes, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Cataracts, Multiple-Sclerosis, Blood Pressure issues, Cholesterol, Retinal Detachments and many other vascular related conditions.

Remember, that the eye is the only internal organ we can examine without an invasive procedure and it tells us a lot about the general health of the rest of the body.

2. Regular doses of Flax oil, Cod-liver oil and Evening Primrose oil helps stabilise the tear film and prevents “dry eye”. Always get advice from an optometrist or doctor though.

3. Wearing sunglasses or Transitions helps delay the onset of Cataracts and AMD by blocking UV light which damages the eye.

4. Ensure your current spectacles are up to date to prevent accidents and falls (and headaches and eye strain when reading). Also, ensure your spectacles are regularly maintained for comfort and to enable them to perform at their best.

5. Ensure spectacles or sunglasses are worn when gardening. Pruned branches and sharp leaves can pierce and damage the cornea.

6. Always have a spare pair of spectacles in the car or near to hand when on holiday or travelling to ensure you are able to get home safely.

7. Use the 20-20-20 rule when surfing the net on a computer or tablet. Rest your eyes every 20 minutes for 20 seconds by staring into the distance (i.e. at least 20 feet away). A natural green background is most relaxing for the eyes so looking into the garden is usually best.