Health Tip: Eye Care as You Age
Get a head start when you're younger
(HealthDayNews) -- As you age, some eye problems, such as farsightedness, dry eyes and tearing, become more common.
You can help prevent problems later in life by taking good care of your eyes when you're younger.
The U.S. Army Medical Department suggests you:
- Avoid overexposure to sunlight. Wear sunglasses that screen out ultraviolet rays.
- Wear goggles or protective glasses when you are exposed to strong chemicals, operating power tools or playing racquet sports.
- Have your vision checked every two years if you wear glasses, every five years if you don't.
- Always wash your hands before touching your eyes, and don't rub your eyes.
- Eat fruit and vegetables that contain beta-carotene or vitamin C.
- Avoid frequent use of over-the-counter eye drops. They may irritate the eye and cause allergic reactions.