United States – September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. According to Get Healthy Aging Magazine, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. This month is to inspire and motivate practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well being. Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler, founders of Eye Love, want to help with the physical, starting with your eyes. At all ages, the eyes are extremely important to focus on when it comes to better health practices. The higher in age you climb, unfortunately, the more it effects your eyes.
Have you heard of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? Macular degeneration is a result of deterioration in the central portion of the retina. The back layer of the retina sends signals to the optic nerve, which transmits those images to the brain. The macula is located in the center part of the retina and allows the eye to focus on fine details. This part of the eye allows you to read, recognize facial expressions, drive, and see colors. The risk of macular degeneration increases as you age. Some other risk factors can be family history of the disease, smoking, and race, as caucasians are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than African-Americans or those of hispanic descent. If you have light irides or are female you may be at a higher risk than males or those with darker irides. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common form of macular degeneration. This disease is more common in those who are fifty-five and older. Women are more prone to AMD, especially since they tend to live longer than men.
At this time, macular degeneration is not curable. But even though the disease is not curable, there are several things that you can do to help prevent and delay its progression.
• The use of UV protected sunglasses is important not only for AMD prevention, but for your eye health in general. Reduce your exposure to blue light with Blue Light Blocking Glasses. Blue light is the light that is emitted from computers, cell phones, and television screens.
• Smoking – quit, or better yet, just don’t start. Smoking can increase your likelihood of developing AMD by 50%. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Get in at least three 30 minute sessions a week for your eye health as well as your overall well being.
• Foods high in carotenoids, like fresh fruit and vegetables, water and high fiber foods can help fight free radicals that damage eyes. If diet alone is not enough, you can always try Eye Love’s Ocular Health Formula and Eye Love’s Omega-3 for Eye Health, which both ensure that you get the recommended daily dose of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
September is the perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging Month since it is time when many people think about getting started on new tasks after the summer. Talk to your eye specialist. They can advise you about resources available to you and may be able to advise you where to locate those resources. Also, if you are eligible, Medicare may cover many of the visual aids and tests you require.
Learn more about keeping your eyes healthy at http://www.eyelovethesun.com and join their mission of ending preventable blindness.