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13 Most Common Causes to Midlife Vision Problems

Prevent eye problemsIn the time it takes you to read this sentence, someone in the world will go blind. Scary, isn’t it? To live in a dark world where you can’t enjoy reading a good book, can’t drive your car, can’t see the faces of loved ones…dependent on others to take care of your personal business.

Without a doubt, eyesight is the most important sense we have. About 75% of North Americans agree, yet less than half of us take time out for an annual eye exam.

A recent report from ophthalmology experts estimates that more than 32 million Americans will develop age-related vision problems by 2020. Longer life spans and every day dangers are among the top reasons for this vision crisis. While there’s not much you can do about aging, there is something you can do about the daily vision dangers you’re exposed to.

13 Common Causes

Just take a look at how many things can harm your eyes...

  1. Poor Diet
  2. Cigarette Smoke
  3. Lack of Exercise
  4. Air Pollution and Smog
  5. High Blood Pressure
  6. High Fat Intake
  7. High LDL (bad) Cholesterol
  8. Alcohol Consumption
  9. Too Much Sugar Consumed and in Your Blood
  10. Harmful UV Rays and Excessive Sun Light
  11. Nutritional Deficiencies
  12. Free Radicals
  13. Toxins and Chemicals in the Air

How to Protect Yourself

The good news is that there are many things you can do today to protect your vision for tomorrow.

  • Get a complete eye examination every year. While this is important for everyone over 40, it’s especially important if you have a family history of health problems that can lead to vision loss like blood pressure or blood sugar concerns. Early detection can limit vision loss and preserve eyesight.
  • Look for warning signs including double vision, hazy vision, sudden eye pain, a “dark curtain” sensation, seeing wavy lines, loss of central vision. These are just a few of the serious signs that require immediate attention.
  • Get regular exercise. Recent studies I’ve read suggest that you can reduce age-related vision loss by nearly 75% with regular exercise. It appears the daily activity boosts circulation overall.
  • Stop smoking. In addition to other general health problems associated with smoking, it also has an adverse affect on your vision. In fact, smokers are about five times more likely to have age related vision loss.
  • Protect your vision from harmful UV rays. The sun produces three types of UV rays: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC rays don’t reach the earth's surface, so you don't need to worry about them. UVB rays are the ones that can burn your skin and damage your eyes. When combined with cold temperatures and wind, UVB rays are the ones that cause snow blindness. UVA rays are believed to be absorbed by your eyes’ lenses. Always wear sunglasses with proper UV protection, including your prescription sunglasses, to shield your eyes. Look for sunglasses that provide at least 98% protection from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Eat a healthy diet. You are what you eat is true for your eyes too! A diet high in refined sugar and saturated fat may increase your chance for eye problems, while eating fruits and vegetables can actually decrease certain vision concerns and give your general health a boost too. Stay below 2,000 mg of sodium by using less salt and being mindful of the sodium content of canned vegetables, soups and prepared frozen meals. Instead choose fresh foods or frozen vegetables if possible. Fresh fruits, vegetables and protein sources like eggs contain antioxidants and lutein to help protect vision.
  • Consider nutritional supplements. Admittedly it’s difficult for most of us to eat a well-balanced diet every single day. Lutein, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, flax, bilberry, and Vitamin A are among my top picks for long-term vision support.

Opti Gold® Vision Formula uses a patented form of lutein called FloraGLO® lutein that’s more easily absorbed and more readily used by your body and it also features Vitamin A, bilberry and other important vision-boosting, eye-protecting nutrients.

With the right precautions and proper care you can have healthy eyes and strong vision for life.