Making the following lifestyle changes can play a role in reducing your risk of developing cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or can slow the progression of those eye disorders if you already have them.
EAT RIGHT
A healthy diet high in green leafy vegetables, fish, fruit, and other food high in antioxidants may help protect against age-related eye diseases.
WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
Obesity has been linked to the progression of AMD and an increased risk of cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.
EXERCISE
Regular physical activity may reduce your risk of developing AMD, lower eye pressure linked with glaucoma, and reduce diabetic retinopathy’s progression.
CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE, BLOOD SUGAR, AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Consult your doctor about a program that’s right for you.
SHIELD YOUR EYES
Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim to protect you from ultraviolet rays may help delay cataracts and help reduce the risk of AMD.
DON’T SMOKE OR DRINK TOO MUCH
Smoking is associated with all four eye disorders, and too much alcohol is known to increase the risk of cataracts.
Source: ConsumerReports on Health June 2012