From a young age, Sylvia Grant knew she had a future in health care. As a child, she would dress up in a lab coat and pretend to take notes on her clipboard while visiting a family member in the hospital, setting her on the path to discover her passion in diagnostics imaging.
You know the saying — the eyes are the windows of your soul. But as the years pass, you may find your windows getting a bit cloudy. It’s normal to experience some gradual vision changes as you age, while other, more sudden vision changes may be a sign of a medical issue that needs attention.
As the number of candles on your birthday cake increases, so does your risk for eye-related conditions and diseases. But there are things you can do to preserve the health of your aging eyes.
Know your risk level
Knowing what things affect your vision and how to identify symptoms is one of the most effective ways to stay on top of your eye health.
If you work a job where you look at a computer screen all day, you’re probably already familiar with eye fatigue and strain that sometimes cause temporary blurry vision. Take eye breaks at least every 20 minutes, and consider a pair of blue light-blocking glasses for use while working. If you work outdoors where the sun may damage your eyes or in a facility where things could get into your eyes, make sure to wear the appropriate protective eyewear and respond promptly to any injuries.
And don’t forget about your family history. There are more than 350 eye diseases that are considered hereditary. While you can’t change your genetics, being aware of them will help you identify symptoms or seek preventive care.
Get your eyes checked often
Eye examinations may not be what you look forward to most, but they should rank pretty high on the list of important things to do as you age. Whether you have a family history of vision issues or not, regular eye exams can help you identify issues early before they become something more severe.