Healthy Aging Eye Month: What to Know About Vision as We Age

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Your eyes are amazing! They can detect colors, shapes, light, movements and even emotions. They help you learn, work, play and enjoy life. But they also need some TLC to remain healthy and prevent problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. 

That’s why September’s Healthy Aging Eye Month is so important. It reminds you of all the ways you can help protect your vision as you get wiser in age. These simple steps can make a big difference in your eye health and quality of life. 

Here are some tips to help you see better and longer:

1. Eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients can help prevent or delay eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and dry eyes. 

Some of the best foods for your eyes are fish, eggs, almonds, carrots, kale, oranges and bell peppers. A good rule of thumb is to eat a variety of colors and types of fruits and vegetables that provide your eyes with the nutrients they need to function well.

2. Manage chronic conditions. Some chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and thyroid disorders can negatively affect your eye health. These conditions can damage the blood vessels and nerves that supply the eyes and cause complications such as diabetic retinopathy (damage to the retina), hypertensive retinopathy (damage to the retina from high blood pressure), optic neuropathy (damage to the optic nerve), or thyroid eye disease (also called TED, swelling or bulging of the eyes). 

To prevent these complications, follow your doctor’s advice on how to manage your chronic conditions with medication, diet, exercise and regular check-ups.

3. Wear sunglasses with UV protection whenever you’re outdoors, even on cloudy days. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection or UV 400 rating clearly marked on the label. These sunglasses can block both UVA and UVB rays, which can cause eye damage and diseases. 

Some of the best sunglasses for UV protection are wraparound glasses, which can also shield your eyes from wind, dust and glare. You can also choose polarized sunglasses, which can reduce glare and improve visibility.

4. Quit smoking or avoid secondhand smoke, which can damage your eyes and increase your risk of eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Smoking also contributes to dry eye syndrome, which can exacerbate the uncomfortable symptoms of existing eye conditions.

5. Get regular eye exams and check-ups from your eye doctor, especially if you have a family history of eye problems or diabetes. The talented eye care team at Lake Lazer Eye Center is here for you to help you achieve and maintain your best vision possible – now and well into the future.

In addition, our SMILE procedure and SoftTouch LASIK procedure may be ideal choices to help improve your vision. People often ask if there’s an age limit on LASIK. And while some vision conditions (like cataracts) require treatments other than LASIK, certain patients can benefit from laser vision correction even in advanced ages.

To book your eye exam or LASIK consultation with Dr. Khambati, click here to call (586) 792-3891.,

It’s a time to celebrate your vision and take care of your eyes. Healthy Aging Eye Month is a great opportunity to show some love to your eyes. They are the windows to your soul, after all … and who doesn’t want clear windows?

Detroit LASIK provider Lake Lazer Eye Center offers up-front pricing, and convenient and affordable payment plans for SoftTouch LASIK and the SMILE procedure. Dr. Khambati has helped thousands of people from all over the world escape the restrictions of glasses and contacts. In the event that you’re not a candidate for vision correction, we’ll assist you with a contact lens evaluation or a selection of designer and specialty eyewear.