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August 4th, 2015
Planning for retirement: Saving your vision

Planning for retirement: Saving your vision

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When it comes to planning for the future, Canadians take it seriously. In a recent survey conducted by RBC, 59% of respondents said they had contributed to registered savings plans for their retirement. But when it comes to one of our most valuable resources, vision, fewer people are proactive about ensuring healthy eyes for their senior years, say specialists in this field.

All of us will eventually experience some vision issues with age, but there are certain steps that can prevent damage from building up over the years. According to Toby Mandelman, a doctor of optometry, the best way to protect your vision is with regular eye exams. She emphasizes that “a comprehensive eye exam by a doctor of optometry will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but it will also check for common eye disease, assess how your eyes work together, and act as an indicator of your overall health.”

Other tips for healthy eyes include:

Avoid sun damage. Sun damage isn’t only affecting our skin, it is taking a toll on our eyes. UV rays can cause eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration and even eyelid cancer. With nearly 80% of UV damage to the eyes occurring before the age of 18, sun protection needs to start early and become a habit as you age. Wear UV protecting sunglasses year-round, and during the sunnier days, pair sunglasses with a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen with special care to the area surrounding the eyes.

Minimize screen time. The sun isn’t the only constant in your life—computers are a big part of everyday life and can lead to computer vision syndrome. Symptoms of CVS include blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, and eye strain after sitting at a computer for too long. To help prevent CVS, make the effort to sit at least an arm’s length from your screen, and give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

There are many steps you can take to protect your vision. More information is available at www.doctorsofoptometry.ca.

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