If you take a look around at your peers, you will probably notice more people wearing glasses or contacts than wore glasses 10 years ago. Now that you are over 50, you may be needing glasses yourself.
However, do not think that just because you are getting older you cannot maintain your vision. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure your eyesight for years to come.
It is very natural for your eyesight to diminish as you get older. Many people who benefited from 20/20 vision or better in their youth find the need to pull on a pair of glasses to read the morning paper later in life.
The first thing you should do is protect your eyes when you read. This means that you should read in a well lit room, with the light preferably overhead.
Remember well lit does not mean too bright, too bright a light will fatigue your eyes. Computer monitors are often too bright and should be dimmed slightly to protect your eyes.
You should also take an opportunity to relax your eyes throughout the day. Relaxing your eyes helps reduce tension in the optic muscles. This tension can disrupt blood flow and overtime will reduce your vision.
One popular relaxation technique is called palming. Palming is relatively easy to do. You start by rubbing your palms together until they are very warm.
Next, close your eyes and press your palms firmly against your eyelids. Leave your palms there until the cool or for at least one minute. The heat from your palms will relax the muscles and the pressure will gently massage the area to improve blood flow.
Closing your eyes for this length of time will also reduce strain. You can do this as many times as needed throughout the day.
You may have always heard eating carrots improves your eyesight. This is true, but there are other foods that can help you improve your eyesight even more.
In addition to carrots, vegetables that are rich in vitamins A, B, and C are antioxidant rich. This helps the cells in your eyes and surrounding tissue to regenerate more quickly and efficiently.
Foods like fish that are rich in vitamin E are known to help prevent the muscular degeneration that causes poor eyesight. Spinach is rich in iron, along with other vitamins and minerals, and will promote better blood flow.
You need your eyes to be healthy for the rest of your life. Do not assume that because you are now over 50 losing your sight is inevitable. If you take proactive steps now, you will be giving your vision the strength it needs to last.