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Age & Eyes, What’s Common?

8 Jul

Last month, I was visiting my grandparents in Kolkata, and for the first time in so many years, my grandfather asked me to read him the morning papers. For someone who’s been very religious with his morning newspaper, it was sad for me to see him rely on someone else reading it out to him. Why? Because his eyes had become too weak. 

You see, my grandfather is a healthy man, and his eyes giving way like this got me thinking, and I decided to find out if age and eyes are connected. Sure enough, it turned out that age, indeed, was the cause of his weak eyesight!

 

The ageing process brings about changes that have a direct bearing on the eyesight. Not only do the eyes suffer directly, the increasing fragility, and susceptibility to other ailments, of the body are detriment to the eyes as well. Some of the more common signs of age-related eye problems that I found are: 

Floaters: These are small particles that float through your line of vision, and can be early signs of retinal detachment. One is, therefore, best advised to visit a doctor.

Excess Tears: No, not just because the elderly are more emotional! This is due to over-sensitivity to light, wind, or changes in temperature. 

Eyelid Irritations: Redness and swollen eyelids, itching, tearing, and crusting of eyelashes. 

Aside from these, I found that the loss of clear sight, which is what prevented my grandfather from reading his papers, was due to old eyes not having the power to focus – a condition medically referred to as Presbyopia.

 

Of course, I took my grandfather to an ophthalmologist, and and we got him prescription reading glasses, which have since allowed him to read his newspaper. But the sad truth remains that age and eyes are inextricably linked, and unfortunately, the health of the latter deteriorates with the gain of the former. So, when are you having an eye check-up of the elders of your family?

Tips to reduce eye infections

21 May

Your vision is one of the most important aspects of your life. Hence, it is important to protect your eyes from infections. Keep your eyes safe and healthy by following a few of these simple tips to your everyday lives.

  • Drink plenty of water: In extreme climates like winter or scorching summer heat, drink more water than you normally do, to hydrate the eyes. An extra glass each day will work wonders.
  • Eat vision-healthy foods: Some foods like pumpkin help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Bell peppers (Vitamin C and bio-flavonoids), carrots (Vitamin A), nuts (Vitamin E), and spinach (Lutein) are also good for the eyes.
  • Regular eye exams: Regular check-ups will help detect vision problems early. In the event that you cannot see straight lines or things appear fuzzy, approach a good eye doctor immediately.
  • Keep the home and office clean: Vacuum regularly to remove excess dust and pollen. Shut windows and doors if any construction work is going on outside and avoid contact with pollutants.
  • Use eye make-up with care: When using cosmetics, ensure that they have not passed their expiry date. Refrain from sharing eye makeup and keep changing eye-brushes to ensure hygiene.
  • Use appropriate eyewear: While swimming in a pool, close your eyes underwater or wear goggles to avoid any damage caused by chlorine. Use sunglasses while outdoors, and ensure the brands you buy have a ‘100% UV Protection’ sticker on them.
  • For contact lens users: Always wash and dry your hands before handling lenses. Use a medically proven lens solution and change it every time you use your lenses. The lens case should also be kept dry and clean, and disinfect and replace your lenses regularly.
  • In the case of an infection: Always use a clean towel, and do not share your towel or linen with anyone. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after touching or treating your eyes.
  • Take regular breaks at work: Do not stare continuously at your computer screen; give your eyes a break every one hour. Look away, blink your eyes often, take in the greenery outside, shut your eyes for a while and even try some eye exercises to reduce the strain.
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