By: Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.
Poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “NATURE AND BOOKS BELONG TO THE EYES THAT SEE THEM”. Make sure that means yours.
Our eyes, as important as they are to our ability to function independently and to enjoy a full life, are often overlooked as we create a healthy lifestyle. The good news is that your healthy diet and exercise are lowering your risk for age- related eye diseases, as well as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. But, you can and should do a few other things to take good care of those eyes.
Know your family eye health history
Get regular eye exams
Don’t forget your sunglasses!
Not protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays can age your eyes and eyelids prematurely. Hats are helpful, but only block about half of those rays. To reduce your risk for cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancer in the eye area, be sure to wear sunglasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that fit your face well. Consult your optometrist for the best sunglasses to keep your eyes healthy and that look great, too.