Like the rest of the body, eyes age and can go through significant changes. It’s important to know the way vision and aging are connected, what to look out for and what you can do to protect your eyesight.
Sugar Level and Vision
People are often surprised to learn how sugar affects vision, especially as we age. Eating foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates can lead to a spike in blood sugar levels. This can cause blurred vision due to the accumulation of glucose in the eye lens. It’s important to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor if you notice a change in vision after eating certain foods. This could be a change in vision as a result of aging or it could be an indication of diabetes.
An almost inevitable change in vision attributed to aging is cataracts. The lens in your eye should be clear, but as we age, it can become cloudy and cause blurred vision or even blindness in extreme cases. While there’s no cure for cataracts, there are ways to protect your vision including wearing sunglasses that can block ultraviolet rays and eating antioxidant-rich foods like leafy greens and fruit.
One of the main causes of blindness in Canada is glaucoma. This disease causes so much damage because people often don’t know they have it until it’s too late. Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve and the symptoms of the disease can be subtle at the beginning. Early detection is extremely important to protect your vision. Make sure as you age, you schedule regular eye exams.