Today, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans, age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind. Most women don’t even know they have severe problems or at a higher risk for permanent vision loss because of eye diseases such as: presbyopia, glaucoma, dry eyes, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and temporal arteritis, when they are compared to men.
As you get older, sometimes it brings changes that weaken your vision and eyes, but there are things you can do to maintain lifelong eye health. Here are a few suggestions to promote better eye health.
Numerous studies have shown that not getting enough quality sleep–experts recommend getting between 7 and 9 hours–can cause problems such as eye spasms, twitching, and dry eye as well as possibly leading to more serious eye problems such as glaucoma. The eyes require sleep each night to rest, heal and replenish to work best. If you have problems with getting quality sleep, check out our article about Tips for Better Sleep to Improve Senior Health Care.
Many jobs require us to stare at screens for many hours each day, if you know you have a long day ahead, plan a break. Be aware of eye strain and take breaks as recommended.
All women over 40 should visit an Optometrist yearly. This should include an eye exam for glasses to make sure your lens prescription is up to date. If you do get glasses, ask for “blue blockers.” These special lenses block the blue light emitted from screens, artificial lighting, and the sun.
With the average American looking at screens for up to 11 hours a day, it is a good idea to reduce the brightness of the screens on all of your devices to reduce eye strain. Also, don’t use bright screens in the dark if at all possible, and if not, make sure the screen brightness is on its lowest setting.
While smoking is bad for many organs, it is particularly damaging to the eyes. Because the cornea “breathes” air and has no blood flow directly to it, fresh air that is uncontaminated by smoke is essential to maintain healthy eye function.
The sun’s rays can easily damage eyesight if you don’t take precautions such as wearing UV-blocking sunglasses or wide brimmed hats. Using these can reduce eye strain and decrease the chances of permanent eye damage as the result of too much sun exposure.
Early detection and treatment are important to alleviate the effects of any eye disease. Get an affordable eye exam from Primary Care Physicians of Florida. Remember that at Primary Care Physicians of Florida, we have doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid on staff, as well as others who are on the list of Humana healthcare providers.
Some of the other insurances we carry at Primary Care Physicians of Florida are (but not limited to): Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UnitedHealthCare, Molina, and Guardian. Please contact us for more information about the insurance plans we accept.
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