3 Ways to Prevent Farsightedness

1. Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly

If you’re a young adult (less than 40 years old), you should undergo at least one eye examination, even if you have perfect 20/20 vision. Once you turn 40, see an optometrist at least once every 2 years to search for symptoms of macular degeneration or other vision problems. After 65, you should really get a checkup every year. By searching for symptoms of farsightedness and nipping them in the bud, you decrease the likelihood of getting into an accident or otherwise suffering as a result of an undiagnosed condition.

2. Use Better Lighting and Rest Your Eyes

In today’s computer-centered culture, far too many individuals spend far too long staring at computer monitors. If you don’t rest your eyes, or if you labor under unhealthy lighting conditions, you can strain your vision and provoke an array of problems, including farsightedness. If you have a tendency to read or surf the Internet for hours on end, be mindful of your eyes and take breaks. Set a reminder on your computer (or your nightstand) to get up and walk around every 20 minutes or so.

3. Live a Healthy Lifestyle

If you smoke cigarettes, quit as soon as possible. Stay out of the bright sun when possible. If you do spend a day on the beach or go camping on an unexposed mountain, wear plenty of sunscreen and sunglasses to protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. If you’re at risk for other health conditions, like diabetes or heart disease, get those under control. Studies show strong associations between those conditions and the later development of visual problems.

One way to protect against both Type II diabetes and heart problems is to limit your intake of glucose, fructose, sucrose and other simple carbohydrates. When the body breaks down sugars, it produces macromolecules that have been shown to oxidize key tissues in the body. Many scientists believe that this oxidation process paves the way for a number of diseases and dangerous conditions, including farsightedness.