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Optimize your eyesight

As you age, your eyesight may start to fade. That’s why at a certain age, you may need reading glasses. While this is normal, you can make some lifestyle changes to slow down the clock on your eyesight and keep it at its best for longer. From healthy choices to see your eye doctor, we have compiled a list of practices that will have you seeing in 20/20 long term.

Eat well 

Adding certain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your diet through food can benefit your sight long term. According to the American Optometric Association, not only can things like omega-3s, zinc, and vitamin C ward off some serious eye issues, but eating well can prevent type 2 diabetes (More on that later.) 

Wear your sunglasses

Sunlight can damage your eyes, so it is important to wear sunglasses when going outside during a bright day. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from damage but can reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. However, not all sunglasses are created equal. Make sure you purchase ones that black 99-100% of UBA and UVA rays for optimal protection.

Learn your family health history 

Many eye issues are genetic, so it is a good idea to talk to your relatives about eye conditions that run in your family. Then, share this information with your doctor, so that you can take steps toward prevention. 

See your eye doctor 

Getting regular eye exams is essential to keeping your eyesight at its best. Updating your prescription too early detection of any diseases and keeping up with your yearly check-ups are crucial for your overall vision health. It is best to diagnose and treat them early to stop vision loss in its tracks for most of these conditions. Go to the ABS member portal to find an eye care professional in your area that’s covered by your plan. 

Quit smoking 

You probably know that kicking a smoking habit will improve your health, but did you know that it could help your eyesight too? Some studies show smoking increases your risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.  

(Bonus) – If you have diabetes, maintain your insulin levels

Having diabetes can affect your health in more than one way, including eyesight. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in adults in the US, and, according to the CDC, 90% of blindness caused by diabetes is preventable. Make sure you work with your providers to make a plan and prevent this from happening. 

Our eyes are one of our most important and used organs, so we should take the best care of them possible. By following these practices, you can keep your eyesight at its best and keep your eyes healthy for longer. 

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