Heraclitus, a famous Greek philosopher, once said, “The only constant in life is change.” This statement seems all-too-true when it comes to aging. There are many changes our bodies go through as we age. Some of the most common changes occur with vision, but not all visual changes that happen with age are “normal.”
Normal Age-Related Vision Changes
Some common vision complaints that come with aging include difficulties:
- Driving at night
- Seeing in low light
- Reading fine print
- Seeing small details clearly
- Identifying low-contrast elements
These changes likely happen gradually, so we often don’t notice they’re occurring until the change is significant.
Abnormal Age-Related Vision Changes
While there are changes in vision that are to be expected as we age, there are a few symptoms to be leery of. These changes are identified as “abnormal” changes, and they often mean that there is a larger problem: age-related eye health issues. Some of these symptoms include:
- Straight lines become wavy
- Black spots appear in your central vision
- Taking a longer time to “recover” after exposure to a bright light
- Taking a longer time for your eyes to adjust from light to dark and vice versa
If you notice any of these changes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.
What Can Be Done?
Believe it or not, nutrition has a huge influence over vision and can actually help keep your vision sharp, even as you age. Here are some of the most important nutrients for supporting aging eyes.
Zeaxanthin is an antioxidant found in small amounts in brightly colored vegetables. Clinical studies show that 8+ mg of zeaxanthin a day can:
- Increase night driving comfort
- Improve low light vision
- Sharpen details and fine print
- Enhance contrast sensitivity
Another antioxidant important to eye health, lutein can be found in leafy greens and is more prevalent in food than zeaxanthin. These two nutrients work together to support eye and overall health. Supplementing with lutein can help:
- Improve color vision
- Support brain health and cognitive function
- Enhance peripheral vision
These fatty acids found in fish oil have many health benefits, including:
- Supporting cell health in aging eyes
- Increasing lubrication for more comfortable eyes
- Supporting brain and heart function
Many people are deficient in Vitamin D, and depletion typically gets worse with age. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of developing age-related eye health issues. Additionally, Vitamin D also plays an important role in healthy cell function.
The B Vitamins, specifically Vitamins B6 and B12 and folate, work together to support healthy cell function in the eyes. Additionally, they help eliminate a protein called homocysteine, which has been linked to an increased risk of age-related eye health issues.
A mineral found in nuts, zinc plays many roles within the body, including supporting healthy eyes and metabolism. While zinc is generally safe, there are certain people who should avoid this mineral. Many eye care professionals are using genetic testing to determine which of their patients should avoid this potentially harmful nutrient.
EyePromise Vitamins for Aging Eyes
To help support aging eyes as best as we can, EyePromise has developed the most elite line of eye vitamins designed specifically for them. Our Restore line includes 3 products:
EyePromise Restore is for early intervention. This product is recommended for those who are noticing the “normal” visual changes that occur with age, as well as people who have an increased risk of age-related eye health issues. This clinically proven formula includes all the above-mentioned ingredients.
EyePromise AREDS 2 Plus Multi-Vitamin is our version of the famed AREDS 2 trial formula. While this product does include all the AREDS 2 ingredients, it also includes extra eye-healthy nutrients to better support the eyes of those with age-related eye health issues. It also includes a multi-vitamin equivalent since 90% of AREDS 2 trial participants took one.
EyePromise AREDS 2 Plus Zinc-Free is another version of our AREDS 2 Plus formula but without zinc and no multi-vitamin equivalent to support eye health in that small percentage of people who must avoid zinc.
In honor of February being Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness month, EyePromise is now offering 25% off our Restore line! Use code FEB2125 now through February 28th, 2021 to get the discount!