So what's left? Hearing and sight. While not being able to listen to music anymore would be unfortunate, most people would probably rather keep their sight. At least you can watch movies with subtitles.
Sight is an integral part of nearly every activity that we do in our daily life. Our eyes are probably the body part we depend most on, and yet many of us do very little to care for our eyes.
The older you get the more danger your eyesight is in, so it is important to make sure that your eyes are properly cared for. Here are a few tips that can help you to keep your eyes in good health as you age.
1. Recent studies have shown that consuming the proper amount of Vitamin E and another supplement called Lutein can help to delay the development of cataracts in seniors. Lutein and vitamin E are found in many common food sources.
Food sources that have these vitamins include green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale. You can also get them from eggs and many multi-vitamins. Keep in mind that nutrients won't actually prevent your eyes from ever developing cataracts. They will, however, keep them healthy for longer.
2. Nearly everybody knows that the Vitamin A and beta-carotene found in carrots is great for your eyesight. But did you know that your eyes are equally as dependant on Vitamin C? Eating foods that are high in Vitamin C like oranges and other fruits will keep your eyes and your whole immune system healthy.
3. Clean your contacts! If you wear contacts you need to follow the maker's instructions about how to care for them. Clean them before and after you put them on your eyes. If your eye becomes uncomfortable after you put the contact in, take it out and give it another good cleaning.
Make sure you wash your hands and rinse them off very well before handling your contacts. Your contacts sit on your eyes all day long, so it's crucial to keep them as clean as you possibly can.
Another contact-related issue is to make sure that if you wear disposable contacts, you only wear them for the recommended amount of time. If you have dailies, you must throw them out at the end of the day. They might feel fine to wear an extra day or two, but keep in mind that they are not made to be worn more than once and they will soon start to deteriorate and collect bacteria.
4. Get outside. This is more important for young children actually. A study was conducted recently which showed that people who spent a lot of time outdoors when they were growing up were far less likely to have to wear corrective lenses later in life than children who spent a lot of time playing indoors.
Scientists are still trying to wrap their heads around what exactly causes this, but what they speculate is that developing eyes respond and grow much better when exposed to natural light than they do when they're inside all the time. This might not affect grown-ups too much, but if you have kids you need to get them out of the house! But when you become an adult keep in mind the next tip...
5. Wear sunglasses. The rays of the sun are tricky. They give you necessary amounts of Vitamin D and yet they can also damage your eyes and skin. They illuminate the world in a natural way that helps eye development and yet the ultra-violet rays can also be extremely harmful to your eyes.
Putting on sunglasses and even a baseball hat are great ways to cut down on your eyes' exposure to these rays. Make sure that when you buy sunglasses they are made specifically to block UV rays though.
6. Keep up with frequent eye doctor visits. To keep your eyes in good shape you should probably see your eye doctor at least once a year. If you wear contacts or glasses you should be doing that already just to make sure your prescription hasn't changed. People with cataracts or glaucoma might consider going even more often.
7. If something seems wrong, go to the doctor. If there are any changes in your sight or the way your eyes feel you should go to the doctor right away for an exam. Your eyesight is too valuable to wait and see what happens.
8. People with diabetes need to diligently manage it. Diabetes can be a major cause of eye problems if it isn't kept in check.
Eyesight is something we take for granted until something happens that damages it. Keeping your eyes healthy is important, but so is appreciating the things that you see. So get out of the house and explore the world around you. Go to an art museum. Better yet, go on a road trip. If anything should ever happen to your sight you don't want to regret the things you didn't do. You want to be grateful for the things you got to see.