Healthy Vision Is Healthy Living

Healthy Vision Is Healthy Living

By: Des Walsh, Executive Vice Chairman

We often “overlook” what happens to our eyes as we get older, and instead focus on cardio, bone and brain health – aspects of the physical body we need to protect with extra vigilance as time goes on. But during September, a month that places extra emphasis on healthy aging, I’d like to focus on eye health.

When we age, our eyes age too. For many people, it becomes harder to focus. There can also be marked difficulty in seeing up close, distinguishing color or shape contrast, and adjusting to light changes. Some of these symptoms are normal, but they can also be the result of age-related cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

For most of my life, I never thought much about eye health but then I heard some facts about lutein at about the same time as my father began to experience the debilitating impact of advanced macular degeneration.  This led me to learn more about the role nutrients play in healthy vision, in particular lutein, which I now include as part of my nutritional intake every day.  Here are a few things to know about lutein:

As we get older, better nutrition, physical activity and an active mind can aid the aging process. The bonus is that when you take care of your whole body, your eyes benefit too.