While getting older certainly has its benefits — retirement security, an empty nest — looking older isn’t necessarily something we eagerly anticipate. Here are a few tips for keeping your eyes bright and healthy at any age! Dr. J. Michael Witherington OD is one of Fort Myers’s most respected eye specialists, caring for a diverse population of patients throughout South Florida. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.
One of the first signs of aging appears in the eye area. The delicate skin around the eyes becomes wrinkled, puffy, and even slightly loose. However, there are a few lifestyle modifications you can make that will help you keep your eyes looking bright and youthful longer. Here are five tips for ensuring your eyes stay at their most beautiful.
Get plenty of sleep.
Regenerative sleep facilitates cell turnover. When we are chronically sleep-deprived, our cells never effectively regenerate, so wrinkles, bags, and creases become more pronounced and, over time, permanent.
Failing to get a good night’s rest even once can become evident in the eye area — puffiness, undereye circles, and creases appear immediately. The eyes themselves appear dull and blood-shot, too. To make sure your eyes and skin stay healthy and beautiful, make sure you get plenty of shut-eye — at least seven hours per night.
Wear sun protection.
We don’t often think about anti-aging solutions for our eyes, but UV rays can cause severe ocular damage. Moreover, the constant squinting from the sun can cause dynamic wrinkles (dynamic wrinkles are lines that appear as a result of facial muscle activity, like frown and smile lines). Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection, and look for polarized lenses — polarized lenses significantly reduce glare.
Give your eyes a little TLC.
If you experience eye puffiness in the mornings, you can reduce the swelling with cold compresses. A particularly effective solution is putting two spoons in the freezer overnight and applying them gently to your eyes for a few minutes in the morning. This is also believed to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Make sure your diet is eye-healthy.
Certain foods offer the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need to keep your skin and eyes healthy. Foods rich in vitamin C, like citrus, strawberries, bell peppers, and leafy green vegetables help to repair skin cells, protect against wrinkles, and safeguard eye health by protecting against macular degeneration and cataracts. Antioxidants in berries combat inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish and nuts keep your body’s hydration levels regulated, preventing dry eyes and keeping your skin moisturized.
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A big part of keeping your eyes youthful and healthy is having regular, comprehensive eye exams by an eye care specialist. OptiExpress offers a wide variety of eye services, from full eye examinations to a gallery of designer lenses and a one-hour onsite lab. To schedule an appointment, please visit our contact page today!