Monday 26 September 2016

In your 60s? Increase your eye light

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

For reading, use a direct light with a flexible lamp
For reading, use a direct light with a flexible lamp

Your eyes need three times as much light when you're aged 60 as they did when you were 20.

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Increase the daylight in your home by keeping windows clean and curtains pulled back. Make sure you have good electric lighting too, especially at the top and bottom of stairs so you can see the steps clearly. For reading or close work, use a direct light from a flexible table lamp, positioned so the light is not reflected by the page and causing glare.

Good circulation and oxygen intake are important for our eye health. Both of these are stimulated by regular exercise. Read more about how much exercise you should do.

Sleep well. As you sleep, your eyes are continuously lubricated and irritants, such as dust or smoke, that may have accumulated during the day are cleared out. Smoking can increase your chances of developing cataracts.

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