Four Ways You Can Take Care of Your Aging Eyes

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Your vision is one of the first senses you may notice changing as you get older, but there are a few things you can do to keep your aging eyes in tip-top shape.

Keep up a Good Diet

The American Optometric Association recommends adding in eye-friendly nutrients, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, Vitamin E and zinc. These nutrients can be found in oily omega-3-rich fish, nuts, legumes, seed, citrus fruits and leafy greens. Plus, foods that include the nutrient beta-carotene. Look for orange-colored foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes and apricots.

Wear Sunglasses

Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase your risk for cataracts in aging eyes, so it’s important to remember sunglasses when you go outside. As an added bonus, sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes, too.

Reduce Screen Time

Staring at a phone, television or computer screen can cause eye strain. It’s important to give your eyes a break during the day. Practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20 feet away. This should keep the strain on your eyes in check.

Get an Annual Eye Exam

The most important thing you can do for your eyes as you enter your golden years is get an annual eye exam. As you age, you may notice your eyes changing. Whether it’s a prescription change or an age-related eye disease like glaucoma or cataracts, your VSP network eye doctor can help you with a treatment plan. If you make it a priority to see your eye doctor each year, he or she will be able to keep track of your vision changes to keep your eyes as healthy as possible as you get older. Need help finding a VSP network eye doctor? Find a Premier Program location near you to get the most out of your vision coverage and save more on glasses, including lens enhancements and coatings.

Disclaimer: Information received through VSP Vision Care’s blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


  • Lynda Salings says:

    Good advice all around!

  • June Hudnall says:

    love to learn about good eye health

  • Ronald Cline says:

    The update is very important to help me with my eye care

  • Michael says:

    Eyes are a subject that I don’t see slot of info on,but enjoy it when I do see it.

  • Edith says:

    Another way would be to use a larger font in your article. I know I can increase it but then you have to slide back and forth more.

  • Renee says:

    helpful to learn what you’re doing right and what you need to change and do better. Thank you

  • JM says:

    “Look for orange-colored foods like carrots…” Do you know how you can tell carrots are good for your eyes? Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?

  • Charlie says:

    How about laser surgery?

  • Kryssi says:

    Thank you for the excellent reminder. I have been more mindful of screen time part! My eye doctor made me a deal of if he got me to start wearing contacts that I would wear sunglasses year round whenever I was outside to protect my eyes. I am really good about everything else. The minimizing screentime though is what I am working on.

  • Arline Inouye says:

    Thank you. Good information

  • Steve Epp says:

    I guess they’re good, butt you don’t even let paying members access their own accounts WITH THEIR OWN “PRIVATE”INFORMATION NUMBERS !!!!!! WHAT’S THE DEAL THERE????

  • Anmar Albadri says:

    Love those advices and needed definitely.

  • Priscilla says:

    Remember,it’s important to keep your yearly eye exam even if you think your vision hasn’t changed. Your eye doctor could notice a change in your health through the comprehensive eye exam. The eyes tell a lot about a person’s health.

  • victoria says:

    my eye doctor keeps up with me making sure my eyes are in good shape

  • Ricky Mings says:

    As a person growing up with a grandparent loosening eyesight any thing I can learn to keep mine longer is a great thing.

  • Robert W Hinkley says:

    Carrots were the only vegetable I would eat when I was a kid. I still eat some for lunch. I don’t think they did anything for my eyes.

  • Pamela Cashin says:

    Are there good eye drops that will help besides eating well?

    • Roxanne Stickler says:

      I use Refresh Advanced Lubricant eye drops. Refresh (Liqui)gel drops work well, too, but take a little while for the gel to ‘clear’/dissipate .

  • Liz Smith says:

    My eyes improved this year they told me at my annual eye exam I do t know what I did to improve them. Maybe eating right, a lot of exercise and sunglasses often.

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